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Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery and Crematory is a full service perpetual care cemetery. We provide pick-up, in-house cremation or burial preparations, memorials and more.

Getting to Know Your Kibble: Pet Food 101

Wet food, dry food, raw food, and even homemade food—there are so many options for feeding pets these days, you may find it difficult to select the right option for you and your pet. Each type of pet food available today offers its own pros and cons, so it’s important to evaluate the different options and consult your veterinarian to determine which one is best for your pet’s health. This infographic from Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory, a pet cemetery in Fort Worth that provides compassionate burial and cremation services, offers additional information about the different types of pet food. Please feel free to share this infographic with friends, family, and fellow pet lovers.

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Debunking Myths about Pet Loss

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Pet loss is an inevitable part of the human-animal relationship, and can bring on significant emotions that may take some pet owners by surprise. Grief can develop from the loss of any substantial relationship, no matter if the bond was with a person or a pet. However, some pet owners may feel conflicted about the intensity of their feelings because of the many myths that surround pet loss. By understanding the truth behind these misconceptions, pet owners may have an easier time getting through the grieving process.

Myth: Pets Are Replaceable
Every pet is a distinct animal with her own particular characteristics and personality. That is why no pet is ever replaceable. Some pet owners may mistakenly believe that they can bypass the mourning process by immediately purchasing or adopting another animal that looks just like their previous pet. However, trying to do so may only make coming to terms with the death of a loved pet all the more difficult for grieving owners.

Myth: Mourning a Lost Pet Is Strange
The bond that a pet owner establishes and nurtures during the time that he raises and cares for his pet can lead to strong emotions. In fact, many individuals may think of the relationships they have with their pets as stronger and healthier than those they have with other people. Despite this, a common misconception persists that mourning this important relationship is somehow silly or selfish. On the contrary, the grieving process for an animal is just as valid as that for any human friend or family member.

Myth: Activity Will Lessen Grief for a Lost Pet
Grief is an uncomfortable emotion, and some people may try to distract themselves from it by becoming more involved with their job responsibilities or social engagements. Though some feelings can be painful to experience at times, grief is a normal reaction to loss and no amount of activity can hasten the mourning process. Pet owners should give themselves time and space to properly grieve the pet that they so dearly loved.

Are you grieving the recent loss of a pet? Let Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory help you through this difficult time. You can reach our pet cemetery in Fort Worth at (817) 478-6696 to learn more about our pet burial and cremation services. 

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How to Involve Your Kids in Decisions about Getting a New Pet

Determining if the time is right for a new pet depends on several factors, especially if your family has recently experienced the loss of a pet. If you do decide to get a new pet, making your kids part of the process can prove beneficial for the entire family.

This video talks about how to include your children in the pet selection process. Parents should keep in mind that trying to ease their children’s pain with a new animal too soon may deny them the chance to properly mourn. When the time is right, parents should let their children be part of the research process and heed their input about the right type of pet to get.

Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory offers pet burial options for families in the greater Dallas-Fort Worth region. For more information, call us at (817) 478-6696.

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Recognizing the Signs of Serious Illness in Your Dog

Dogs are like humans in many ways. They can exhibit different emotions and are vulnerable to the occasional bug or injury. For these reasons, it might be difficult to distinguish between a normal mood swing or minor problem and a more serious illness. If any of the following warning signs develop in your dog, it might point to a potentially life-threatening condition.

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Recurrent Cough
When a dog coughs, it can be a sign of a minor infection, but it can also indicate a critical pulmonary problem. Heartworm disease, which progressively damages the respiratory system, can present this symptom. An undiagnosed heart issue might also make your dog cough because his body is not getting enough oxygenated blood.

Gastrointestinal Distress
Dogs often explore their surroundings with their mouths and are prone to eating items not meant for consumption. As a result, they might throw up what they ate or experience diarrhea because of it. However, if your dog suffers recurrent bouts of vomiting or diarrhea, you may need to seek professional help. These issues can stem from both illnesses and injuries that affect the gastrointestinal system.

Refusal to Eat
If your pet has once or twice swiped a piece of meat from your dinner plate, he might grow complacent with his own meals. This could lead to a stubborn stance against eating the dog food you provide for him. Once he gets hungry enough, though, he will likely acquiesce and clean out his bowl. However, if your dog goes more than a day or two without eating his food, you may want to talk to a veterinarian about your concern. The refusal to eat may stem from illness, injury, or anxiety.

Planning for the future now can help prevent stress for you and your family. That is why Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory in Fort Worth offers pre-need services. For more information, please call (817) 478-6696.

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What Is Included in Our Burial Services?

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At Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory of Fort Worth, we understand how difficult it can be to say goodbye to a pet. This is why we offer a wide variety of burial options for pet families. First, you will select a burial site where you would like to lay your pet to rest. Once you have chosen a section of our memorial park for the burial site, we will help you choose a type of casket and memorial marker for your pet. Faithful Friends offers a wide variety of caskets, memorial markers, and vaults for ground burial in many different styles, sizes, and prices. We also offer you the option of cremating your pet and leaving his or her cremains at a mausoleum niche in our cemetery. All of our ground burial options include lifetime perpetual care.

To learn more about your pet burial options at Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory, visit our website. There, you will be able to view the different urn and casket options. For more information, please call us at (817) 478-6696.

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How to Help a Grieving Pet

As many pet parents can attest, pets can be very similar to people. Pets, just like humans, mourn the loss of their loved ones. If your pet is grieving the loss of a pet or a person, Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory in Fort Worth would like to offer these tips to help you help your grieving pet.

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Look for Signs of Grief
Just as people grieve differently, pets grieve differently. Some are likely to show physical signs of sadness, while others may start to exhibit a negative attitude. Some may not show any sign of emotional grief at all. In any case, keep a close eye on your pet and his or her unique grieving process. This will help you as you determine the best way to support your pet through tough times.

Watch for Depression
After the loss of a family member, look for signs of depression in your pet. It may manifest as a loss of appetite, reduced water intake, slow response to humans and other pets, or a loss of interest in playing and other activities. In some cases, you may hear your pet make mournful noises. The symptoms of depression can last weeks or months, so it’s best to visit your veterinarian to learn about the best course of action.

Be Active With Your Pet
Adding a short walk or play routine can be very helpful for grieving pets. If your pet is depressed, his or her serotonin levels will be low. Exercising and playing can help restore serotonin levels to their pre-grief state.

As a family-owned and operated pet cemetery in Fort Worth, Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory cares about you and your pet. To learn about the burial services and cremation services we offer at our cemetery, visit our website. If you have any questions, please call us at (817) 478-6696.

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When Should You Consider Hospice Care for Your Pet?

When pets struggle with a medical condition, pet parents often find themselves wondering if euthanasia is the only option. However, not every medical condition is painful and debilitating enough to warrant euthanasia. Once pain is controlled, a terminal diagnosis can usually be managed with hospice care. While choosing hospice care can be difficult for pet parents, it provides a unique opportunity for them to spend time with and say goodbye to their pets. Watch this video clip to learn more about hospice care and to find out if it’s right for your pet.

After you have said your final goodbye to your pet, turn to Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory for help with final arrangements. We are a family-owned and operated pet cemetery in Fort Worth with a passion for helping pets and families. Call us at (817) 478-6696 or visit our website for more information.

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Advice for Seniors Facing the Loss of a Pet

Seniors facing the loss of a pet will probably experience a process of grief. At Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory, a pet cemetery in Fort Worth, we understand that the experiences and timespan of this process are unique to each person. As you face the loss of a pet, keep the following tips in mind for grieving and finding new meaning in your life. 

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Understand the Grieving Process
The first thing to remember is that everyone grieves differently. Grief often occurs in stages, and may include feelings of denial, guilt, anger, and depression. Many people eventually reach a level of acceptance, but some do not. The lows may be more intense at the beginning and then become less intense as time goes on. But even years after a loss, you may find that certain sights, sounds, and dates spark memories that trigger grief.

Don’t Let Others Debase Your Loss
You may find some family and friends saying that the loss of a pet shouldn’t hurt as much as the loss of a human, or that it is inappropriate to grieve for the loss of an animal. These people do not understand because they either don’t have a pet of their own or cannot appreciate the level of companionship and love provided by a pet. If this is the case, you may find that the best support for your grief will come from outside of your typical circle of family and friends. You may even want to attend a pet loss support group or call a pet loss hotline.

Maintain a Routine
Routines can help ground you after a loss. It can also be ideal to integrate exercise into your routine if your doctor recommends it. Exercising will boost your vitality and help you connect with others. Taking a walk to a nearby park can also give you a chance to interact with other people’s pets, which can be soothing after your loss.

For seniors facing the loss of a pet, it can also be very helpful to have a pet funeral or memorial ceremony. At Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory of Fort Worth, we offer a variety of pet burial and cremation options. Learn more by visiting our website or calling us at (817) 478-6696.

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Understanding Pet Hospice Care

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Pet hospice care is a unique service that gives your pet the end-of-life care he or she deserves. At Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory, we have known many pet parents who want to provide good pet hospice care at home. Continue reading to learn what pet hospice care offers and why it’s important to consider.

What is Pet Hospice Care?
Pet hospice care, also known as palliative care, is not conducted at a veterinary clinic; instead, it involves a personal choice to care for your pet in his or her final days or weeks at home. It is ideal for pet parents who want an extended goodbye with their pets. Through the use of pain medications, human interaction, and healthy meal preparation, pet parents can create a peaceful and comfortable end-of-life experience for a pet. Your veterinarian can help you evaluate the best way to provide hospice care for your pet.

Is Pet Hospice Care Right for Your Pet?
Pet hospice care is becoming more popular these days, but it isn’t right for every pet family. Pets who are experiencing pain, suffering, or poor quality of life do not deserve to have their discomfort prolonged. Ask your veterinarian whether pet hospice care is a good idea for your pet. It may be helpful to find a veterinarian who is available 24/7 to provide emergency euthanasia in case your pet’s condition takes a sudden turn. You may also want to look for a veterinarian who can make house calls.

If you are interested in learning more about pet hospice care, contact Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory. We are a family-owned and operated business that offers compassionate pet memorials and pet burial in Fort Worth. For more information, call us at (817) 478-6696 or visit our website.

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How Do You Determine the Best Time to Euthanize Your Pet?

As a pet parent, it can be extremely difficult to decide when it is the right time to euthanize your pet. As long as the decision to euthanize your pet is made out of love, however, there is no wrong decision. If you are starting to notice that your pet is not enjoying the things he or she previously loved to do, it may be because your pet is enduring too much pain. This is usually the right time to consider euthanasia. Watch this video clip for more information.

When your pet has passed on, contact Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory. We are a family-owned and operated pet cemetery in Fort Worth, TX. Call us at (817) 478-6696 or visit our website for more information about our compassionate services.

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