• Are You Ready for a New Pet?

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    After the loss of a pet, well-meaning friends and family may encourage you to get a new pet right away. This is a decision personal to you, and it should not be rushed by anyone, including yourself. Do not be hard on yourself, or quick to replace your lost companion after a pet’s death. You will heal when the time is right.

    Deciding if you are ready for a new pet is much the same as when you decided to adopt your previous pet. You must make an informed, yet emotional, decision on what is best for you and your future pet. Try to not feel guilty, like you are betraying your deceased pet; this feeling may be an indication that you are not ready for a new pet. You must also consider the rest of your human and animal family. Be open about everyone’s feelings toward the idea of a new pet, and how well they will accept a new animal.

    Pet deaths are difficult for everyone, and Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory is here to help when you need us. We provide a full range of services to honor your lost pet, including pet urns and pet memorials in Arlington, Texas. Call us at (682) 587-2324 to speak with a member of our staff.

  • The Importance of Burying or Cremating Your Lost Pet

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    Losing a pet is a traumatic experience. Pets live alongside of their humans and are present for so many important moments that they aren’t simply animals—they are truly part of the family. For this reason, it helps to acknowledge the significance of pet deaths with a burial or cremation as you would for any loved one. If you have recently lost a pet or want to pre-plan for burial or animal cremation, here is what you need to know.

    Getting Closure
    Although people without pets often don’t understand the depth of the relationship people have with their pets, pet owners know that losing a pet is not something you just get over. Getting closure and saying goodbye to your faithful pet is a central part of healing. Burying or cremating your pet and planning a ceremony associated with these rituals allows you to honor the pet’s place in your life and perform one last act of love. Many pet parents feel comforted by the knowledge that they have made this gesture of caring and respect to their lost animal.

    Helping Children Understand
    Children often have an equally difficult time when they lose a family pet. For young children in particular, it can be their first experience with death, and they may not fully understand what has happened. Having your pet buried or cremated helps children come to terms with the finality of the loss. It also opens up an opportunity for them to ask questions they may have about your pet’s death.

    Avoiding Health Hazards
    Some people wish to dispose of their pets in their own ways, but this can often lead to health hazards and violate city ordinances. Burials must be very deep to be safe from being disturbed, and many cities have laws that prevent home burials. A professional burial at a pet cemetery or cremation helps you avoid these complications.

    Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory is available to answer all of your questions about burial and cremation planning so you can make an informed decision after a pet death. Learn more about pet cremation cost, burial, and pet memorials in Fort Worth, Texas by calling (682) 587-2324.

  • What Are the Signs of Arthritis in Cats?

    No pet owner likes the idea of his or her animal suffering needlessly. Although pet deaths are painful, owners often choose that option over allowing their animal to be in pain. Because cats are notoriously stoic, it can be hard to know when they are suffering. Watch this video to learn signs that your cat has arthritis pain. This advice can also help you recognize other kinds of medical issues in your cat.

    Cats who are experiencing pain may resist being pet and may stop grooming themselves. If you suspect your cat is hurting or is otherwise ill, contact a vet for advice. Early treatment can sometimes prevent pet deaths.

    At Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory , we know how difficult the loss of a pet is. Get compassionate help learning about pet cremation costs and planning a pet memorial in Dallas by calling (682) 587-2324.

  • Talking to Young Children About the Loss of a Family Pet

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    Pet deaths can affect children just as deeply as they do parents. After the loss of a pet, or when you know that a pet is terminally ill or will be euthanized, parents can help their children cope by talking to them openly about what is happening. The discussion can be difficult for parents who are also coping with the loss, but these tips will help you get the conversation started.

    Start Early
    Sometimes pet deaths are unexpected, but if you have the ability to prepare your children for the inevitable loss of family pet, then do so. As your pet ages, talk to your children about the death of your pet in the future and how that will affect you as a family. These conversations allow your children to ask questions and get a better understanding of what the loss will mean so it is not so surprising or confusing when it actually happens.

    Be Direct
    Although it may be tempting to try to cushion the blow for your children, avoid using euphemisms, such as saying that your pet has gone to sleep or has gone away. For young children, this language can be confusing and can leave them with the impression that the pet is coming back. It may also make them afraid to sleep or that if you leave the house that you won’t return. Use honest language to avoid these difficulties.

    Stay Age Appropriate
    Children’s understanding of death varies at different stages of development. Before age two, children usually respond to parents’ cues about the loss of a pet. Before age five, children may struggle to see death as permanent. Before age 10, children may feel some kind of responsibility for the loss of a pet because they had at times been frustrated with the animal or ignored it. Provide truthful information in a way your children are old enough to process. Having a pet funeral or memorial can help children understand the loss.

    Support services are available from Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory, as well as pet cremation and pet caskets in Dallas, Texas . When you lose a pet, call us for help at (682) 587-2324.