Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery  & Crematory
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.

Recognizing the Symptoms of Heartworms

Heartworms can be life-threatening for dogs, so recognizing the symptoms early is important. In many cases, pet deaths can be avoided if treatment is started soon enough.

Watch this video to learn about the symptoms of heartworm. If you dog has heartworms, he or she may develop symptoms that are like heart failure, including coughing, tiredness with exercise, fluid in the abdomen, and nosebleeds. See a vet if you think your dog could be affected.

At Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory, we know how hard pet deaths are, and we are here to help you through the loss of your pet in Fort Worth with burial, cremation, and pet memorial options. You can learn more about our services by calling (682) 587-2324.

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What Are the Benefits of Having a Funeral for Your Pet?

For people who do not have pets in their family, understanding how painful the loss of a pet can be is not always easy. Everyone who has loved a pet knows that it feels like losing a member of the family. Pet deaths have huge impacts on the people they left behind, and no pet lover should feel pressured to minimize his or her pain. One way to honor the bond a family has with a pet is to have a pet funeral. These kinds of funerals have become increasingly common for many reasons. Here are some of the benefits people experience when they hold a funeral for a lost pet.

Sharing Your Grief

The loss of a pet can affect different people in different ways. A funeral gives you an opportunity to come together and acknowledge your shared grief. The funeral gives you a way to share your feelings and offer comfort to each other. This can be especially important if you have friends and extended family members who don’t fully understand the grief you are going through, since they have not shared the same connection with an animal.

Remembering Happy Times

Much like funerals for people that you love, a pet funeral is not just a place for grief but also for remembering. Having a funeral creates an environment for you to take time out of your day and share your favorite memories of your pet, such as the first day he or she came to your home to his or her favorite walk or toy. These memories can be extremely comforting, and sharing them with other people who also loved your pet can be cathartic.

Easing Your Guilt

In some cases, it is necessary to euthanize a sick pet, and the family left behind may feel guilty, even though it was a decision made out of compassion. Coming together to honor your pet’s role in your life and to receive the support of your friends and loved ones can help you come to terms with the decision.

At Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory, we are committed to helping families find the right way to memorialize their pets, though pet burial and cremation in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. When you need our services, please call (682) 587-2324.

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Memorabilia Options to Honor Your Pet

After pet burial or cremation, there are a number of options for memorializing your pet with memorabilia. This memorabilia can bring you comfort after the loss of a pet and serve as a welcome reminding of the special relationship you shared. Here are just a few of the options you may consider.

Some pet families love to have jewelry pieces that remind them of their pets. Jewelry may be engraved with your pet’s name, or you may opt to have a piece of jewelry that contains a portion of your pet’s cremated remains. Glass beads crafted using some of your pet’s cremated remains are also available. These beads can be added to bracelets and worn as jewelry. You can also choose a variety of urns and memorial vessels so that you can keep your pet’s cremated remains close to you.

Let Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory in Arlington help you make the right decisions about burial and cremation after your pet’s death. You can speak to one of our compassionate team members by calling (682) 587-2324.

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Making the Decision to Euthanize Your Pet: How to Cope with the Aftermath

Euthanasia is a generous act of compassion and one last gesture of kindness that you can show your sick pet, but that doesn’t make the decision any easier. After the loss of a pet through euthanasia, it is common to deal with grief and guilt at the same time. If you are facing the decision of euthanizing your pet or have already been through the process, here are some tips to help you cope with the aftermath.

Be Honest About Your Pet’s Health

No vet recommends euthanasia lightly, but after it has happened, many pet parents second-guess their decisions. Instead of thinking about the what ifs, force yourself to take a realistic assessment of your pet’s health and wellbeing. If you euthanized your pet, then you saved a very sick animal from needless suffering. Your vet would not have euthanized your pet if it wasn’t in your animal’s best interest, so feel confident that you made a fair assessment of his or her health when you decide to follow through with euthanasia.

Focus on the Good

Euthanasia is not a preference for pet families. It is instead one of the hardest things they will ever do. The reason that they do it is because they loved their pets. Focus on the selflessness of euthanasia rather than any feelings of guilt you may have. If you need help understanding why this option was best for your pet after the fact, talk to the veterinarian, who can remind you why your act was a gesture of love.

Understand What Euthanasia Really Is

Euthanasia isn’t about ending a life. Instead, it’s about ending artificial methods of extending a life. If your vet recommends euthanasia, then your only other option would be putting your pet through painful interventions to extend his or her life for a period of time, not to save it.

No matter how you lose your beloved pet, pet deaths are hard. Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory will help you navigate the decisions about what to do next, including choosing between burial and cremation. Learn more about pet funerals in Dallas, including funeral preplanning, by calling us at (682) 587-2324.

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What to Do When Your Pet Passes Away After Hours

There’s never a good time to lose your faithful companion. Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory knows that nothing can make up for the loss of a pet, but we hope that our compassionate, sensitive care will give your family some comfort. If your furry friend passes away when our pet crematory is closed, you have a few options. If your vet agrees, you may decide to entrust your pet to his or her care until we arrive.

Or, you can contact one of the emergency vet clinics we’ve made arrangements with. Animal Emergency Hospital of Mansfield and Animal Emergency Hospital of North Texas will hold your pet until we pick him or her up. You might prefer to keep your pet at home with you. We recommend keeping your pet in a cool place, and leaving us a voicemail if you’d like someone to come over and pick up your pet. Otherwise, you can bring your pet to us when we’re open.

You can call our pet crematory in Dallas, Texas at (682) 587-2324 to make arrangements for your pet’s burial. Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory is a family-owned and operated establishment that cares for each animal brought to us as if they were our own.

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How Diabetes Affects Cats and Dogs

It’s an unfortunate fact of being a pet parent that your dog or cat won’t live as long as you wish. But with good medical care, nutrition, and exercise, you can reduce the risk of a premature pet death from diabetes. Diabetes is all too common in cats and dogs, and it’s often not diagnosed until it’s already inflicted widespread damage. You can learn how diabetes develops when you watch this featured video.

In pets, as well as in humans, some of the earliest signs of diabetes can include an increase in thirst, hunger, and urination, and unexplained weight loss. Animals are more susceptible to urinary tract infections, and they may have accidents indoors.

The compassionate staff at Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory understands how difficult the anticipated loss of a pet is. Call (682) 587-2324 to discuss pre-need pet burials in Fort Worth, Texas.

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Dispelling Myths About Grieving Your Pet

It’s difficult to accurately define grief, as everyone experiences it a little differently. Because grief is so personal, there is no right or wrong way to experience it or cope with it. This is just as true regarding grief after a pet’s death as it is for grief after a human’s death. No one but you will ever know exactly how you feel, so don’t let anyone tell you how you should grieve.

Myth: It’s easier to get over the loss of a pet than a human.

In some ways, it can be harder to move forward after a pet’s loss. Your pet was your faithful companion every day. He or she gave you unconditional love and affection, and the bond between you and your pet was indescribably strong. Now that your companion is gone, you may feel as though part of your soul has died, too. Grieving intensely for the loss of a pet is natural, as it’s reflective of your love for him or her.

Myth: It’s silly to take time off from work to grieve.

Not everyone will understand the depth of your sorrow, but this doesn’t mean you should force yourself to return to work immediately. At the very least, you should give yourself time to visit the pet cemetery and say goodbye. When you’re ready to get back to work, you may find that the distraction helps you get through the day.

Myth: Adopting again would be impossible.

You shouldn’t feel pressured to adopt again, but don’t assume that you should never do so. Some people need time to heal before letting another animal into their hearts and homes. Others find that getting to know and love a new bundle of fur is a welcome distraction from their grief. The decision is yours to make, and any decision that you make will be the right one.

At Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory, we genuinely understand how difficult it is to lose a furry family member. We welcome families to visit our pet cemetery in Fort Worth, Texas, which is open seven days per week. Call (682) 587-2324 and let us know how we can support your family after your pet’s death.

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Dealing with the Unexpected Death of a Pet

For the brief time that an animal is in your life, he or she gives you happiness and unconditional love. There’s no time to mentally prepare yourself for your friend’s loss when the death occurs unexpectedly. It can be especially difficult to move forward from a pet’s death when you question whether it could have been prevented. Give yourself the time you need to heal, and take solace in the company of others who understand the depth of your loss.

Coping with Self-Blame and Guilt

It’s common for pet parents to blame themselves after the unexpected loss of a pet. This is natural, because you loved your faithful companion. It’s because of your love for your pet that you should be able to acknowledge that you would have done things differently, had you been able to foresee the tragic consequence. In other words, it wasn’t your fault. There is no way to know when a reckless driver will run over a pet, or when an animal’s sleepiness indicates a health problem. You did the best you could for your companion, but sometimes, things happen that are out of your control.

Writing a Letter to Your Pet

There are many ways you can memorialize your pet, such as by selecting a personalized headstone to mark the final resting place at the pet cemetery. You could also write a letter to your pet to express how you feel. Write about your happiest memories of your pet, and thank him or her for being part of your family.

Giving Yourself Time to Heal

Accept that the grieving process is on its own schedule. You’ll always miss your pet, but there may come a time when you’re ready to adopt again. Remind yourself that your beloved companion would have wanted you to give another animal a loving home.

The compassionate staff at Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory would like to extend our sincere condolences to your family for the loss of your beloved pet. We understand what it means to love and lose an animal, which is why so many pet parents choose our pet cemetery in Arlington, Texas. Call (682) 587-2324 to speak with an understanding staff member about your pet’s funeral.

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Get the Facts about FeLV

FeLV, or feline leukemia, is a relatively common, contagious virus that affects cats exclusively. It cannot be spread to your family members or other non-cat pets. The way FeLV affects cats varies, but if your cat is diagnosed, there are things you can do to help your pet live a healthier life.

Watch this video to learn more about FeLV. Some cats with FeLV don’t display any symptoms, and the virus remains dormant for their entire lives. Other cats may have severe, life-threatening symptoms. Your vet can help you help your cat maintain the best health possible if he or she is diagnosed with this condition.

If your pet becomes ill and it is time to say goodbye, Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory is here to help by providing you options for pet burials, cremations, and funerals. After the loss of a pet in Dallas, Arlington, or Fort Worth, call us at (682) 587-2324.

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