• Answering Common Questions About Pre-Need Planning Services for Pets

    Funeral pre-planning isn’t just for humans. You can also choose pre-need planning for pet burial or cremation. Many families have questions about pre-need planning and what it requires. Here are the answers that every pet family needs.

    What is involved in pre-need planning for pets?

    Pre-need planning is similar to funeral pre-planning for humans. You make decisions about how you will handle your pet’s remains after he or she passes. You can determine if you want cremation or burial, and if you choose pet burial, you can choose the type of plot you want. You can also make decisions about things like urns, memorials, or other tributes you will want for your pet. Your plan can be very detailed, or you can simply make the basic decisions and choose to fill in the details when the time comes.

    Why should I pre-plan for my pet’s needs?

    The loss of a pet can be a very stressful time. Having to deal with making arrangements for your pet burial or cremation can be overwhelming in the midst of your grief, and you may make choices that you come to regret later. Pre-planning also helps you understand the costs associated with burial and cremation, so you can be prepared. With a plan in place, all you need to do is call the pet cemetery when the time comes, and the staff can implement your plan, so you can focus on your family’s loss and supporting each other.

    How do I get started?

    To make pre-need arrangements for your pet, make an appointment at a pet cemetery to discuss your options. The cemetery will guide you through the process and help you make the choices that are right for your family and your budget. They can also explain what to expect in the immediate aftermath of your pet’s death.

    Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory is pleased to offer pre-need planning services at our pet cemetery in Fort Worth, TX. Start the process of planning your pet memorial today by calling (682) 587-2324.

  • Deciding Between Burial and Cremation for Your Pet

    Deciding Between Burial and Cremation for Your Pet

    After the loss of a pet, there are many decisions to be made. One of the first ones you will have to face is whether to choose pet burial or cremation. There is no single answer that is right for every family. Instead, you will need to weigh the pros and cons of each to decide which makes sense for your needs.

    For many families, budget plays a big role in deciding whether to choose pet burial or cremation. Pet cremation costs can often be less than burial, though you may wish to pay for a pet urn for your animal’s remains. Pet burial involves the purchase of a plot as well as a casket, and in some cases, a pet memorial to mark the plot.

    Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory is here to help you make the right choices for your pet. To find out more about the services at our pet cemetery in Dallas, TX, call (682) 587-2324.

  • Tips on How to Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy

    We all want to keep our pets happy and healthy. And as loving pet owners, we will try everything we can to help give our dogs a leg up. To learn about how you can naturally help out your furry friend, watch this video by Dr. Dobias speaking about natural healing. You may just pick up some tricks on how you can provide a healthy lifestyle for your pet. To learn more about how you can care for your pet after he or she has passed, please call us at (682) 587-2334. Our experts at Faithful Friend Pet Cemetary & Crematory are ready to assist you in any way we can.

  • 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.

  • Preventing Your Pets from Eating Toxic Foods

    Unfortunately, there are many foods that are perfectly safe for humans that can be toxic to pets, and eating these foods leads to many pet deaths each year. When your pet inadvertently consumes toxic foods, call the animal poison control center or your vet right away.

    Watch this video to learn about foods that could be harmful to pets. Most people know that chocolate is dangerous for dogs, but you should also keep your dog away from grapes and raisins. Garlic and onions can also be dangerous for dogs, while avocado and yeast dough can cause digestive problems in dogs and cats.

    When pet deaths do occur, Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory is here to help. We help families deal with the loss of a pet in Dallas, Texas every day and can help you make the right choices about pet burial, pet memorial options, and more. Call us at (682) 587-2324 for more information.

  • A Look at Heartworm Disease in Dogs

    Heartworm disease is a common cause of pet deaths in animals that do not receive preventative medications. Watch this video to learn how this disease develops and how it causes so many pet deaths.

    Infected mosquitos transmit heartworms. Dogs are especially vulnerable because of the amount of time they spend outside. As the worms travel to the heart, they can cause blockages that lead to heart failure, heart attacks, and death. Medications are available to protect pets from mosquito bites that could lead to heartworms.

    The loss of a pet is traumatic, but Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery and Crematory is here to support you through the process of mourning and creating a pet memorial for your lost animal. For help with pet burial in Dallas, please call (682) 587-2324.

  • Tips for Comforting Your Sick Pet

    Pets are part of the family, and just as the thought of losing one of your human loved ones is painful, facing pet deaths and illnesses can be overwhelming. However, if your pet is ill, he or she will look to you for comfort, whether they are dealing with a minor gastrointestinal issue or facing a terminal illness. Follow these steps to ease your pet’s discomfort during this trying time.

    Provide a Quiet Place
    When pets are ill, they need plenty of rest. Create a quiet spot for your pet to recuperate without interruption from kids and other pets. Don’t force your pet to stay in the spot, but make it available and encourage him or her to stay there by making it as comfortable as possible. Include your pet’s bed, favorite pillows, favorite blankets, and a few toys that he or she enjoys. Remind everyone in your family to give your pet plenty of space and quiet time.

    Offer Comforting Foods
    Stomach distress is frequently part of pets’ illnesses. Your pet may not be able to tolerate his or her usual diet. Talk to the vet about foods that your pet can eat safely to get nourishment without stomach upset, like white rice and chicken. Follow all of your vet’s dietary recommendations closely and make sure all of your family members are aware. Sometimes, sick pets drink or eat too quickly, causing further stomach upset. If this happens, serve smaller portions of food and water throughout the day instead of one or two larger feedings.

    Interact Appropriately
    Your pet may not be able to run, jump, or even go for walks. However, he or she will still need interaction with you. Ask your vet what activities are safe for your pet, and stick to those. Simply sitting with your pet can be comforting for him or her.

    When it is time to say goodbye to your pet, Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery and Crematory is here to help with pet cremation and pet burial services. We can help you make decisions about your pet memorial during this difficult time. After the loss of a pet in Fort Worth, Texas , call us at (682) 587-2324.

  • A Look at Hospice Care for Animals

    Grieving Pet DFW As an illness begins to take hold of your pet, it can become increasingly difficult to care for him. Thankfully, many veterinarian services offer hospice care for dying pets and their families. Before the sad eventuality of a pet’s death, here are the ways hospice care can benefit your pet and the family.

    The family gets involved.
    Especially if the hospice care is in the family’s home, then it is expected the family will have an active role in caring for the pet. This may mean administering medications, cleaning up after the pet, and providing emotional care. If members of the family are uncomfortable or unable to participate, this should be stated when deciding where hospice care should be located.

    Pain management is discussed.
    Veterinarian staff should have a frank and open discussion about the pet’s pain management as his end of life approaches. Often, the family will be trained in how to assess the pain level, and how to address the pain with appropriate medications. If the family is too emotional or unable to administer the pain medications, the veterinarian staff needs to be made aware, and take appropriate action to make the animal as comfortable as possible.

    Veterinary services are available.
    Most veterinarians who offer hospice services will be available at all times, should an emergency occur. These services might also include additional care, advice, or euthanasia when it is needed. If these services are not available, then another veterinarian practice should be available for emergency care.

    Euthanasia services are available.
    When the time comes to put a pet down, a pet hospice should have the capability to administer euthanasia services. The process and anticipated side effects should be explained to the owners beforehand. Any personal time with the dying or deceased animal should be given, as well.

    Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory is available during this difficult time after the loss of a pet . We can help with any pre-planning services, as well as providing a pet memorial in our pet cemetery near Dallas, Texas. Call us today at (682) 587-2324 to learn more about our services.

  • CPR for Your Pet

    While you unfortunately can’t always prevent a pet death, it’s crucial to know what to do in case of a pet emergency. This includes knowing how to handle an accidental drowning, choking, poisoning, or loss of consciousness.

    Watch this video to learn how to perform CPR on your pet. CPR is an incredibly valuable skill to have, as it can save your pet’s life in the event of an emergency.

    If you’re facing the loss of a pet in Dallas, Texas, our compassionate staff at Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory can assist you with pre-need services. We can help you arrange a beautiful pet memorial, pet funeral, or pet cremation service to pay tribute after your pet death. To learn more about our services, call us today at (682) 587-2324.