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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.

Surprising Foods that can be Toxic for Your Pets

You can probably name several foods that are poisonous for your pets, like chocolate or onions, but there are many more items in your pantry and refrigerator that can cause animals serious problems. Here’s a list of some of the more surprising human foods you should never give your pet.

Nuts

Nuts like almonds, pecans, and walnuts can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and even pancreatitis in pets due to the high amount of oils and fats they contain. Macadamia nuts can cause the same symptoms plus weakness, depression, tremors, and hyperthermia. Peanuts are technically legumes, not nuts, so peanut butter is still a safe treat for your dog!

Grapes & Raisins

It is currently unknown why grapes and raisins are toxic to pets, but the effects can be fatal. Avoid feeding these fruits to your pets, because they are known to lead to kidney failure in dogs.

Citrus & Coconut

Citrus fruits contain citric acid, which can cause irritation and even central nervous system depression if eaten in large amounts. Coconut contains oils that can cause stomach upset and loose stools. Citrus and coconut don’t typically hurt animals when given in small amounts, but you should exercise caution if you decide to let your pets eat them.

Yeast Dough

Yeast dough can continue to rise inside your pet’s digestive system, which leads to painful bloating and potentially twisting of the stomach, which is a life threatening emergency. Yeast also produces ethanol, a type of alcohol, which can give your pet the effects of drunkenness.

Dairy

Most animals have very little lactase, the enzyme that helps digest milk, so dairy products can cause diarrhea and other digestive upset.

Raw/Undercooked Meat, Eggs, & Bones

Raw and undercooked meat and eggs are dangerous to pets for the same reason they are to humans-they contain harmful bacteria like Salmonella and E. coli. Despite the common association, raw bones are not good for dogs. They can choke on them or have them splinter and puncture the digestive tract.

Salt

Too much salt consumption can lead to excessive thirst and urination, and even sodium ion poisoning in pets. Effects of too much salt include vomiting, diarrhea, depression, tremors, fever, seizures, and even death. Avoid giving pets salty snacks like potato chips and pretzels.

If you have recently lost a pet in the DFW area, Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory is here to support you. We can help with everything from urns to funeral planning. You can visit us online or call us at (817) 779-3222 to learn more.

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Common Holiday Dangers for Your Pet

Some of the very things that bring holiday cheer can cause emergency health crises for your pet that could end in pricy veterinary services and, unfortunately, pet deaths. Protect your pet this holiday season by paying attention to common pet holiday dangers.

Learn about holiday dangers for your pet in this video. Chocolate toxicity is extremely common during the holidays, as is poisoning caused by common holiday plants. Sometimes, the toys you give your pet during the holidays can even become dangerous if they are swallowed.

When pet deaths do occur, whatever the time of year, Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory can provide the support you need, with everything from pet urns to pet funeral planning in Dallas, Texas. Learn more by calling us at (682) 587-2324.

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What to Expect When You Visit the Pet Cemetery

Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory provides complete pet funeral, burial, and cremation services for the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Families who choose our pet cemetery come time and again to visit their pets in the tranquil setting of our pet cemetery.

The pet cemetery is designed like a park and boasts oak trees and carefully manicured grounds. Pet memorials are set in place much like any cemetery, with burial plots and a mausoleum for pet urns. Families are welcome to visit their pets any time and bring flowers, toys, and other mementos to leave by their memorial stones. In addition to our cemetery grounds, families also get access to the full support of our compassionate team, who can help with pet funeral planning and explain important things like the cost of pet cremation and what to expect when you choose pet burial.

Losing a pet is difficult, but Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory is here to help you through this trying process. Find out why families have been calling us after pet deaths in Dallas since 1996 by calling (682) 587-2324.

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A Brief Look at the History of Pet Cemeteries

Companion animals have long played important roles in the lives of their human families, so it is not surprising that pet funerals and pet cemeteries have a long history. Today, pet cemeteries continue to be places where families can come to pay their respects to the loving animals they have lost. Here is a look at the history of these cemeteries and how they have become the places that pet families use today.

Egyptian Pet Burials

In ancient Egypt, it was common for pets to be mummified and buried with their human companions, especially in the aristocratic class. Although some people assume that pets were killed when their owners died so that they could be buried together later, it was also common for animals to be buried alongside their owners later after dying naturally. Pets are found buried with their human counterparts throughout the Valley of the Kings, and one of the most popular sites in Egypt is the Saqqara Pet Cemetery, where animals who were worshipped are buried.

19th-Century Popularity

Pet cemeteries grew in popularity in the late 19 th-century, when some of the world’s best-known pet burial sites were created. Many of these were born out of necessity, as cities adopted ordinances governing the disposal of pet remains and restricting how closely pets can be buried to areas in which humans live. However, they quickly grew from being necessities to being cherished places families could lay their treasured pets to rest.

Hartsdale Pet Cemetery

Hartsdale Pet Cemetery in New York is the oldest pet cemetery in the U.S. Dr. Samuel Johnson, a veterinarian, opened the cemetery in 1896, and since then, the cemetery has become the final resting place for 80,000 pets and some pet owners. There are now over 600 pet cemeteries across the country to help pet families give their lost pets a fitting tribute.

At Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory, it is our honor to help families say goodbye to their beloved pets with a range of services, including pet memorials and pet cremation in Fort Worth, Texas. We’re here to answer your questions about everything from pet urns to the cost of burial and cremation at (682) 587-2324.

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Facing Your First Holiday Without Your Pet

Holidays can always be painful after losing a loved one, whether you lost a human family member or a pet. Pet deaths can and do affect people deeply, and your first holiday without your animal can be a particularly emotional time. Fortunately, you can get through the season and can reach the point where your treasured memories bring you comfort instead of grief. As the holidays come around after you have said goodbye to your pet, keep this advice in mind.

Give Yourself Permission to Grieve

Grief is a natural, normal emotion, not something you should feel guilty about experiencing. Even if some people around you may not understand the degree of mourning people experience when they lose a pet, give yourself permission to feel your grief instead trying to push it aside. Pressuring yourself to ignore your grief or to pretend you’re not feeling it when you’re around family and friends will only make it harder to ultimately process. Acknowledge how you’re feeling, and don’t apologize for it.

Follow Your Feelings

You may find that you’re less interested in doing some of your usual holiday traditions this year or that you are becoming anxious or annoyed more easily than normal. These feelings are natural for people coping with pet deaths. If you’re not up to hosting your annual holiday party, for instance, it is fine to skip it this year while you are in mourning. Take the space and time you need to heal in a way that feels right to you.

Ask for Help

There are many resources available for people who are grieving the loss of a pet. The pet cemetery you chose for your pet may be able to recommend grief support groups in your area. Turn to family and friends and specific about how they can support you. Many loved ones may wish to help you as you face the holidays but are unsure how to begin.

Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory can support you as you make decisions about your pet funeral, pet memorial, and burial versus cremation. After the loss of a pet in Arlington, Texas, call us for help at (682) 587-2324.

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Recognizing the Dangers of Xylitol for Your Dog

Pet deaths can be traumatic experiences for the whole family. One step that you can take to help keep your dog healthy is to prevent him from eating foods that can be toxic for canines, such as grapes and chocolate. One substance that you may not realize is bad for your dog is xylitol.

Watch this video to learn about the danger that xylitol can present for dogs. Even in small amounts, the sugar-free sweetener xylitol can cause severe illness or even death for dogs. To help keep your pet safe, never feed your dog anything containing xylitol, and always keep items containing this ingredient out of your pet’s reach.

At Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory, we can help you manage the loss of a pet through pet burial, pet memorial, and pet cremation services near Arlington, Texas. For more information, please give us a call today at (682) 587-2324.

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Planning a Visit to Our Cemetery

Surrounded by the natural beauty of oak trees and well-tended grounds, Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery provides you with an ideal location to have your pet buried. Our goal is to make the sorrow of losing a beloved pet a bit easier for individuals and families, so we provide a tranquil, quiet setting at our cemetery where you can visit the burial site and find some healing.

When you visit our grounds, you’ll find a quiet and protected area that is dedicated to pet burials, and we encourage people to have a memorial service or a visitation period to help them find a bit of peace during this painful time.

Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory understands how difficult it is to make decisions about death arrangements following the loss of a pet. Our compassionate staff can explain all of your pet memorial options to you, and we provide a serene, park-like setting where you and your family can later visit your pet’s burial site. If you would like to learn more about our pet cemetery in Fort Worth, Texas, please call us today at (682) 587-2324.

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Supporting a Friend Who Is Mourning a Pet

As with any loss, pet deaths can leave individuals devastated and grieving. If you have a friend who recently lost their pet companion, then there are a few ways through which you can show your support.

Make yourself available to listen.

Everyone grieves the loss of a pet in their own way, and your friend may or may not wish to talk about how he is feeling. However, making yourself available to listen is one of the best ways to help your friend during this period. Let him know that you are there to talk if he wishes, and be prepared to listen more than you speak.

Share stories and your memories of the pet.

Often, people enjoy sharing stories about their lost pet. If you were familiar with the pet, reminiscing about the pet’s antics, favorite toys, or personality is a great way to share your fondness and memories of the pet with your friend. Also, continue to use the pet’s name following its passing. Taking these steps can help your friend remember what a great life the pet experienced and how he provided his animal companion with a comfortable home and caring family.

Avoid making a few common mistakes.

Following the death of a beloved pet, there a few things that friends and family might say with the best of intentions, but that can have a negative impact on the person in mourning. First, avoid saying that the pet is in a better place because your friend might feel that the best place is at his side. Next, if your friend often complained about the pet, reminding him of that is not likely to be helpful. Finally, you may inadvertently make your friend feel worse by asking him when he plans to get another pet, as this can imply that the one which he lost can be replaced.

Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory provides animal cremation and pet burial in Fort Worth, Texas. If you would like to learn more about our pet memorial and pet cemetery services, please call us today at (682) 587-2324.

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Answering Common Questions About Pet Cremation Options

Cremation is a service that offers people an alternative to traditional burial options following the loss of a pet. If you are thinking about choosing pet cremation for your animal companion who has passed on, then continue reading to learn the answers to common questions about this service.

What are my options for pet cremation?

Most locations that offer pet cremation services will have 2 selections from which to choose. The first, which is communal pet cremation, is the cremation of more than 1 pet that has passed. The second option, which is private pet cremation, involves cremating the remains of just 1 pet.

Will I be able to get my pet’s ashes back?

When families choose cremation for a pet that has passed on, they commonly wonder if they can have the ashes returned to them for burial or scattering. The answer to this question depends on the cremation option you select. Communal pet cremation involves the cremation of more than 1 animal so if you choose this option, your pet’s ashes will be mixed with those of others. On the other hand, opting for private pet cremation means that your pet’s remains will be cremated alone and you can have the ashes returned to you.

What can I do with the ashes following pet cremation?

You have several options to choose from following the cremation of your pet’s remains. If you choose communal cremation, then the pet cemetery may bury these ashes on site. If you opt for private cremation, then you can select to have the ashes buried in a plot on the grounds. Some individuals choose to keep the cremated remains and to bury them at home or in a location that was loved by their pet. Finally, keeping the ashes in an urn or scattering the ashes are also possibilities.

If you’re looking into your options for pet burial, then please contact us at Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory by calling (682) 587-2324. We provide animal cremation and pet urns at out pet cemetery in Dallas, Texas.

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How Pre-Planning for Your Pet's Burial Can Help Your Family

You may have considered funeral pre-planning for yourself, but what about your pet? Pre-need planning for your pet’s burial offers many advantages that your family will be grateful for when the loss of a pet occurs.

One of the biggest advantages of pre-planning is that is allows you to make decisions about your pet burial before you are under the stress of the event itself. You can make decisions with a clearer head by pre-planning, so you can avoid hasty decisions that you later regret. Pre-planning also has financial benefits in that you may be able to pre-pay for lower fees or budget accordingly for the kind of burial you want.

Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory in Dallas can help you with both pet funeral pre-planning and planning in the moment of need when a pet has passed away. Find out more about your pet burial and cremation services by calling (682) 587-2324.

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