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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.

A Guide to the Decision of Euthanasia

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Many pet owners are horrified by the very idea of using euthanasia on their furry friends, but it should certainly be considered in some cases. If your pet’s outlook is very poor, whether due to disease complications, a lack of treatment options, or both, euthanasia can become the best thing you can do. You can decide if euthanasia is right for your pet by asking yourself these questions:

Is Treatment Worth the Additional Life?

Veterinary science is not perfect, and some times the treatment that doctors can offer your ailing pet is nearly negligible. For example, a stomach tumor in a small dog becomes more difficult to treat the longer it goes unnoticed. If you do not notice the cancer until it is in its late stages, chemotherapy and surgery are still a possibility. Yet the aggressiveness of many canine tumors may mean that a $10,000 treatment plan will only extend your dog’s life by a few short months. As much as you may love your pet, a bill like that is only justifiable if it can significantly extend your pet’s healthy life. Otherwise, you are only delaying the inevitable and euthanasia must be considered.

Does the Pain Justify Euthanasia?

If your pet cannot take three steps without whimpering in pain from arthritis, or has a disease that will get progressively worse no matter what, euthanasia might be your best option. For example, progressive feline diabetes can lead to viciously painful urinary tract infections, constant vomiting, convulsions, and coma. With an outlook like that, most pet owners will begin to at least consider euthanasia. There’s no point in keeping your furry friend alive if every day will be a painful struggle. It’s a tough decision, but the pain of choosing euthanasia is negligible compared to the pain of seeing your pet in agony every single day.

If euthanasia is inevitable, the best you can offer your pet is a beautiful burial place. Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery and Crematory of Dallas-Fort Worth has all the services you’ll need to lay your furry friend to rest with the respect and dignity that they deserve. Call us at (817) 478-6696 to learn more about what we offer.

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Download This iPhone App for a Great Way to Remember Your Pet

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The loss of a beloved pet can be a very difficult time for anyone, but there are ways you can get past your grief. Honoring the memory of your pet is a good example, and there is an iPhone app that allows you to do this quickly and easily.

iPet Memorial app allows you to preserve your pet’s legacy by creating a virtual memorial for them. All you need to do is upload a picture of your furry friend, enter some information that you would like viewers to know about it, and post it to the database for other users to admire.

If you would rather create a more physical memorial for your deceased pet, we offer beautiful caskets, urns, and memorials here at Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery and Crematory. Call us at (817) 478-6696 to ask about our current inventory.

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What You Need to Know About End-of-Life Care for Your Pet

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As much as we may wish our pets could live as long as we do, the time eventually comes when we must say goodbye. It’s important to know what your options are when your pet nears the end of its life so that you can decide how best to take care of it. Read on to learn more:

Know How to Identify Pain

Pain due to disease or aging manifests itself in animals differently than in humans. If your pet suddenly becomes unusually picky at mealtimes, has to pant or gasp for breath, starts keeping a low profile, or does not seem to want to move, it could be a sign that it’s in terrible pain. Any of these is just cause for a visit to your veterinarian, who can run tests and determine how serious the problem is.

Know How to Provide Hospice Care

If you know that your pet is nearing the end of its life, it’s important to know how to take care of it and ensure that its remaining life is as comfortable as possible. You will become your pet’s nurse as well as its caregiver, so you will need to talk to your vet about how to administer medication, feed the right foods, and identify danger signs of progressive illnesses and severe pain

Know When Enough is Enough

If your pet is reaching a point at which keeping it comfortable is beyond your means or it is suffering from debilitating pain, you need to start to look into euthanasia. This is a gut-wrenching decision for most pet owners, but one that cannot be avoided. It may not feel like the right decision to you, but sometimes the best thing that you can do for your aging pet is to end its suffering.

Trust the experts at Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery and Crematory to help you provide your deceased pet with a beautiful final resting place. Our compassionate and professional services have helped countless pet owners in central Texas for many years. Call us at (817) 478-6696 to get started today.

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Find Helpful Pet Loss Advice With These Resources

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Unfortunately, most pet owners have to deal with the loss of a pet at some point during their lives. If this is something you have recently experienced, the following resources can provide you with information that can help you cope with your loss and make post-life arrangements for your pet. For pet burial and cremation services in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, call Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory at (817) 478-6696. Our caring and dedicated professionals are here to help you.

Read about signs of grief your pets may display following the loss of another family pet at FuneralWise.com.

This New York Times article provides a look at how animals grieve the loss of their loved ones.

Find out about grief support groups for pet owners in the Dallas area at SPCA.org.

For answers to frequently asked questions concerning pet loss, visit this page from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

To learn about grief following the loss of a pet, visit HelpGuide.org.

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Will Your Pets Grieve Over the Loss of Their Companion?

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When a pet dies, every member of the family is affected, including other pets. As important as it is to look after your human family members following the loss of a beloved animal, it is equally as important to ensure that your other pets are taken care of as well. If you have recently lost a pet, the following information may help you care for the other pets in your household:

Learn the Symptoms of Grief

Your pets’ understanding of loss may be different than your own, but your pets are sure to notice the absence of their canine or feline sibling and likely to be affected by it. Following the passing of one pet, you may notice several behavioral changes in your other pets. These include changes in appetite, sleep patterns, energy levels, and pastimes. Your pets may seem especially quiet, and they may either seek more attention from you or want more alone time than usual.

Spend More Time with Your Pet

As you and your pets grieve the loss of another together, you may be able to find solace in one another. Unless your pets seem to want to be alone, try to spend more time with them than you usually do. Try not to spoil them excessively, but a few more treats than normal may help temporarily boost their spirits. They may also find comfort in a toy or article of clothing that smells like your recently lost pet.

Many pet-owning families find solace in holding a funeral service for their deceased pet. To speak with a caring and dedicated provider of pet cremation, burial, and cemetery services in Dallas-Fort Worth, call Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery and Crematory at (682) 597-2324. You can also visit us online to learn more about our compassionate services during your time of need.

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Your Pet Loss Questions, Answered

A pet is a part of the family. When a domesticated dog or cat passes away, the period that follows is often marked by sadness and emotional pain. If you have recently found out that your pet’s days are limited, the following questions may be able to guide you through this difficult time:

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Is Euthanasia the Right Decision?
Colloquially referred to as “putting a pet to sleep,” euthanasia is a humane way to relieve a pet living in chronic and inconsolable pain. The process is quick. As difficult as it may be to consent to this practice, euthanizing a pet can spare him prolonged pain and suffering in the final days of his life.

Is it Common to Feel This Helpless?
Yes. Surviving the loss of a pet is difficult, and the experience is often characterized by the same sort of emotions and feelings that one encounters after a close friend or family member has passed away.

How Can I Best Cope with My Grief?
Grief is a highly personal human experience, affecting each person in different ways. Whatever you may be feeling during this difficult time, do not try to suppress it. You may be able to find some comfort in a support group. You may also want to consider holding a memorial service for your pet following his cremation or burial. As time passes and you work through the stages of grief and loss, you will eventually find it easier to smile again. In the meantime, prioritize your health and wellbeing, and seek the support and care that you need.

Cremating or burying your pet and holding a funeral or memorial service can provide you and your family with considerable comfort as you cope with the loss of your furry companion. To speak with an experienced provider of pet burial and cremation services in Fort Worth, call Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory at (817) 478-6696.

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Pet Loss: Options for Grieving Pet Owners

Losing a dog or cat is an emotionally trying experience. During this time, it can be comforting to hold a memorial service during which you, your family, and friends who were close to your pet can say goodbye in a formal setting.

To learn about your various cremations, burial, and memorial options, watch this informative video. From caskets and urns to memorial keepsakes, the options are endless. Explore them with the help of a pet cemetery professional, and choose those which are best for you and your family.

For years, Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery and Crematory in Fort Worth has provided high-quality burial and cremation services. To find out how we can be there for you during your time of need, call us at (817) 478-6696.

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Friends Forever: Keeping Your Pet's Memory Alive

Losing a pet is a difficult experience, no matter what your age is. Pets are steadfast, loyal companions, providing you with a lifetime of unwavering friendship and love. When your pet passes away, consider how memorializing him at a Fort Worth pet cemetery can be a good way to honor his life. By burying your pet or choosing pet cremation, you’ll be part of a tradition that dates back as far as Ancient Egypt. While you may not have your pet mummified like the pharaohs did, you can still preserve his memory by holding a memorial service at a pet cemetery or by writing him a heartfelt letter. Check out this infographic to learn more about the history of pet burials and to find helpful tips on coping with the loss of a pet. Please share with your fellow animal lovers to help everyone find solace in this difficult time.

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3 Factors to Consider When Choosing an Urn for Your Pet

Dealing with the loss of a beloved pet is never easy and requires you to make important decisions while under a significant amount of distress. That’s why it’s so important for you to take advantage of the helpful services offered by your pet cemetery. Here are three factors that you should consider when choosing an urn for your pet:

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Where You Will Keep the Urn
Before choosing a material for your pet’s urn, decide where in your home you will be placing it. An urn placed in a room that receives a lot of foot traffic is susceptible to being bumped or knocked over. It is therefore important that you make sure that the urn is made from a durable material, such as metal or wood.

What Shape or Size You Prefer
Many urns can be customized to reflect your pet’s personality and unique character. The most popular material choice to use for a personalized urn is resin, since it can be easily sculpted to reflect different shapes. You will want to speak to your pet cemetery professionals about the proper dimensions necessary to accommodate your pet’s ashes.

Any Plans to Bury the Urn in the Future
If you have plans to one day bury your pet’s urn, you should choose a material that is biodegradable, such as ceramic. Ceramic urns give you the freedom to easily relocate your pet’s remains should you one day change your mind regarding his final resting place.

During your difficult time, you can trust Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery and Crematory to give you the strength and support you need to say goodbye to your pet. We’re proud to serve pet owners throughout the Fort Worth area with our burial and cremation services. To find out how we can help you deal with the loss of a pet, call us at (817) 478-6696. 

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Want To Know More About Dealing With Pet Loss? Take A Look At These Links

If you or someone close to you is currently dealing with the loss of a pet, there are steps that you can take to make the grieving process a little easier. To learn more about handling pet loss, take a look at the links below. For assistance in creating a dignified memorial or burial service for your pet, call Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery and Crematory in Fort Worth at (817) 478-6696.

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Handling the loss of a pet can be especially hard for a child. For tips on helping your child deal with the loss of a furry friend, read this article from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Do you need more advice on helping your child cope with pet loss? Check out this article from ASPCA.org.

If you think it may be time to put your pet down in order to alleviate his pain or suffering, read this comforting and informative article from Slate.com.

Grieving for a pet is a healthy, necessary process. Learn how to deal with this grief by reading this page from The Today Show.

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