• How Families Can Support Each Other After the Loss of a Pet

    Grief brings different experiences for each individual. After the loss of a pet, it’s not uncommon to experience numbness, disbelief, shock, anger, and sorrow. A pet death can affect family members in different ways, especially since it’s not unusual for one family member to have had the closest bond with the pet. During this difficult time, families can come together to offer support and reassurance.

    Respect the Need for Silence

    It’s often thought that reassurances must be verbalized during a time of grief, but speaking and listening may be too painful for some family members after a pet death. Sit in silence with your loved one and offer a comforting hug. A loving touch may be all that’s needed to show your support.

    Talk When the Time Is Right

    As time passes, your family may be willing to talk about your beloved companion. Some individuals may repeatedly express disbelief and may blame themselves for the death. Know that your words might not convince them otherwise, but will still be welcome. You should freely express your own reactions to the loss when the time is right.

    Explain Death to Children

    Young children do not yet understand the permanence of death, but your family should still avoid telling young children that the pet simply ran away. However a pet leaves a family, children feel the sharp pain of loss. Helping children to understand the finality of death allows them to grieve in a natural way, without holding on to false hope. Keep your explanations simple and avoid using euphemisms. For example, telling a child that the pet was put to sleep may make the child fearful of going to bed.

    After the loss of a pet, families near Arlington, Texas can turn to Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory . We provide respectful pet cremation and burial services to lay your companion to rest after a life well lived. Call (682) 587-2324 to speak with a compassionate and understanding staff member.

  • Pet Mourning Is Real: Why You Should Let Yourself Grieve for Your Pet

    When a human family member dies, the bereaved family often receives an outpouring of condolences and demonstrations of social support . This is as it should be, but unfortunately, the same social support is often lacking for bereaved pet parents. A pet death is always a tragic occurrence from which many people have difficulty moving forward. After the loss of your companion, you should give yourself the time you need to feel your grief.

    Pets are family members.

    The bond between a pet parent and a companion animal is unlike any other. Pets are much like children in that they rely on their human families to meet their every need. In return, they provide unconditional love that lifts the spirits and brightens the darkest of days. Your animal was a non-judgmental listener who was always there for you. You could count on your pet to provide a furry, scaly, or feathery hug when you needed it most. And now that your beloved animal is gone, you need to let yourself grieve. The gradual healing process can only progress when grief is allowed to naturally develop .

    No two pets are alike.

    Every pet parent makes his or her own choice regarding whether to adopt another pet or not. Even if you do adopt the same species and breed of pet, you should not feel guilty for trying to “replace” your lost companion simply because no animal is replaceable. Every pet has a unique personality to be cherished. If the time is right to adopt again, reassure yourself that giving another needy pet a loving home is what your lost companion would have wanted you to do.

    When a pet death has left you heartbroken, you can find a way to say goodbye with the compassionate assistance of Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory. We understand the depth of grief that pet parents experience and we’d like to help your family during this difficult time. Call our pet cemetery in Fort Worth, Texas at (682) 587-2324 to inquire about respectful funeral services and pet memorials.

  • 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.

  • 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.