Archive for the ‘Pet Urns’ Category

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1:57 12 March 2012

Pet Cancer Link

While doing some research on Pet Cancer,  I found this story very informative and fun to watch.  It was on MSNBC.  Click on this link to watch.  Pet Cancer story.

A very popular way to pay tribute to a beloved pet is the Rainbow Bridge Pet Urn.  The very touching poem is engraved on the front.  Be sure to check out all the wonderful different Wooden Pet Urns there are available from the same U.S. craftsman.

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12:02 3 September 2010

Why are Pets Obese?

Our companion animals are truly a member of the family, and their lives pattern our kind of lifestyle.  Our cats stay inside and watch bird videos, and our dogs lay next to us while we watch TV.  Sometimes they are lucky to get a 5 minute walk before bedtime or go outside and play for a few minutes.

With our busy lifestyles, most pets stay the majority of the day in a crate, a pen or in the house with litte or no exercise.  When we do get home we feel guilty about leaving “fido” all day and since we don’t have much time to interact with him, and we limit our guilt by replacing attention with food.  Fido looks at us with those big, sad, lonely eyes and instead of going out and playing with him, we feed him again – and again.  Soon our beloved Fido is one very obese dog!!

Cats end up overweight for other reasons.   Most cats live a very sedentary lifestyle – eating and napping.  Most outdoor cats typically don’t get overweight, it is the indoor ones that suffer from boredom and lack of exercise.  Boredom leads to over eating, especially if food is left available to them all day.  Can you imagine being stuck indoors all day everyday? This boredom leads to eating to fill the endless hours of the day.  So, cats left alone all day have nothing to do but eat and gain weight.

As a pet owner you can break the cycle of overeating and getting your pet more active.  Spending more time playing with your companion animal is much healthier and the time you spend together will be more enjoyable.  It will help both of you have better health. 

Cat Cremation Urns make a beautiful tribute to you lost feline friend.

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11:41 3 September 2010

Obesity in Pets

Obesity in our companion animals has reached epic proportions in the United States.  It is now the most common nutritional problem faced by our pets. Close to 50% of all dogs are overweight, and more than 20% of cats need to lose weight.   Older companion animals, especially indoor cats top all groups with studies showing obesity in 60% of these felines.  Overweight pets are unhealthy and they face a variety of weight-related diseases.  Their lives are shorter and are more painful. 

But our pets cannot decide when, what and now much they eat.  We as there care givers must control what they eat, when they exercise, and ultimately their weight.  It is up to us to give them a higher quality of  life so they will live longer, happier and less painful lives.  By feeding them properly – at the right time and in the right amounts, and the right kind of food, we can add years to their lives.

When it comes time to say “good-bye”,  a Cat Urn is the perfect way to memorialize your lost loved one.

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4:08 2 September 2010

Caring for Yourself

The loss of a companion animal can be devistating and very emotionally stressful.  While grieving for your loss, it is imperative that you take care of yourself  in small but very important ways.  Caring for yourself will help you get through the grieving process faster.  Some things you can do for yourself are:

1. Remember that grief is normal and it will pass.  You can and will heal over time. 2. Honor your pet in small or in significant ways.  Hold a small memorial service or have a Pet Funeral.  Or, make a small memorial in your home  in his/her honor.  3. Surround yourself with friends and family members, even if you feel like being alone.  You will benefit from the support you receive from others and it will help you heal faster if you are not isolated while grieving. 4. Talk about your pet.  Tell stories about what you used to do together, the things you enjoyed most about your pet.  5. Express yourself.  If you don’t like to talk, write down your feelings in a journal.  Write a song, a poem, or a tribute about your loved one.  6. Exercise – even if you don’t feel like it.  It can help enhance your mood and get you out and moving.  Modify your usual routine if necessary.  7. Eat right – don’t drown you sorrows in a bunch of junk food.  It may lift your spirits for a minute, but it will drop you like a rock later and intensify your emotions.  Also, don’t skip meals – your body still needs proper nutrition. 8. Join a Pet Loss Support group.  You don’t have to be alone with your pain.  8. Express your emotions and your pain.  Don’t stop yourself from just having a good cry.  Let it out, don’t keep it inside.  9. Create a memorial or tribute.   Put a Headstone or River rock in your garden, or make a graveside in your backyard.  Plant a new tree in his/her honor, or put a poem on a pet urn.

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3:44 2 September 2010

Grief – What to Expect

We will all experience a loss sometime in our lives, and with that loss we will all experience the sometimes overwhelming emotion or response called Grief.  It may feel at times that it will be impossible to recover and move on after we loss someone we love.  But, grief does gradually get better and less intense as time goes by.  To help get through the pain, it may help to know what things you might expect while grieving.

The first few days after you lose your companion animal can be very intense with a lot of crying.  You may feel very strong emotions and need the comfort of others who express their support and condolences.   It is very common to feel like you are “going crazy” and feel very extreme emotions of anxiety, panic, sadness and helplessness.  Some describe this time as feeling “unreal” as if they are looking at their world from the outside in, or from a faraway place.  You may also feel moody, irritable and resentful of the loss and others.Most people show their emotions right after a loss, but other people can be so shocked and overwhelmed that they don’t show emotion right away – even though the loss is very hard.  These people may be found smiling and talking to others as though nothing has  happened. 

After the first few days are over and you try to get back into your “normal” activities, it may be hard to put your heart back into everyday things.  Even though you may not talk about your loss as much, the grieving process still continues.  It is natural to have these feelings for day, weeks, and even longer – depending on how close you were to the animal who has passed. 

No matter how you grieve, there is no one right way to do it.  The grieving process is a gradual one that lasts longer for some people than others.  There may be times when you wonder if life will ever get back to normal again.  This is a very natural reaction after a loss.  Cat  Urns or Pet Urns are one way you can keep your lost loved one close, even though they are gone.

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6:53 1 September 2010

Reactions to Grieving

We all grieve differently and we all react to grief in our own unique way.  If you have lost a human or companion animal that was very close to you, you may feel cheated out of the time you still wanted to spend with that individual.  You may find it hard to express this grief even to other family members who are also grieving this loss.

Some people hold back their emotions or grief  and avoid even talking about their loss in an attempt to keep others from becoming sad too.  Just as people feel grief in different ways, they handle it differently too.  Some people like to reach out to others for support and find comfort in talking about the good times they shared together.  Others withdraw and become “busy” occupying their minds with different things so they don’t  think about their loss.   Some will avoid different places or situations that remind them of  their lost loved one.  Others will not feel like talking about it at all because there are not words to express or describe such deep and personal emotion.  And, they wonder if talking about it will make  them hurt even more. 

Others may deal with sorrow by engaging in dangerous or self-destructive activities.  Losing themselves in drugs, alcohol, or cutting themselves may seem to help escape the pain and numb the reality of the loss, but it is only temporary.  Not dealing with the pain and loss will only mask it and will make all of those feelings build up inside and will only prolong the grief.

If your pain seems to get worse and has been going on for a very long time, tell someone you can confide in and trust about how you feel.  Let your emotions out and don’t keep them bottled up inside.  It is an important step in the healing process.   

A personalized Dog Cremation Urn is one way to pay your devotions to your lost Canine Companion, and a way you can express your deep love for him/her.

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7:26 26 August 2010

Important Vet Lab Tests

As your pet ages, Veterinarian Lab tests become very important and should be conducted at least every 6 months for a healthy cat or dog.  Laboratory results help your vet to understand the status of your pet’s overall health, and the following 4 tests are recommended as a minimum:

1. Complete blood count.  This common test measures the number of red blood cells, white blood cells and blood platelets.  This information helps your vet to diagnose anemia, infections and leukemia.

2. Urinalysis.  The analysis of your pet’s urine is used to detect the presence of substances that usually don’t appear in urine such as protein, sugar, white blood cells or blood.  This test can help you vet diagnose urinary tract infections, diabetes, dehydration, kidney problems and many other conditions.

3. Blood-chemistry panel.  This measures electrolytes, enzymes and chemical elements such as calcium and phosphorus.  This will help your vet determine if many vital organs such as the kidneys, pancreas and liver are functioning properly. 

4. Parasite evaluation.  Microscopic examination of your pet’s feces can provide information about many diseases, difficulty with digestion, internal bleeding, and disorders of the pancreas.  Most importantly it can confirm the presence of intestinal parasites sich as roundworm, hookworm, whipworm, tapeworm and giardia.

Don’t put off a bi-annual trip to the vet for your furry friend.  It can make the difference between healthy golden years together, or ones filled with pain and illness.  If you are looking for a Dog Cremation Urn, look for a personalized one and create a special pet memorial for your lost loved one.

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12:02 25 August 2010

Senior Exams – Lab Testing

Veterinarians depend on a series of Lab tests to help them understand the complete status of your pet’s health.  When a pet is healthy, laboratory tests provide a means to determine his/her “baseline” health values.  When your pet is sick, your vet can then compare the current test results to the “baseline” values to see if they are abnormal.  Even subtle changes in lab test results, even in an outwardly healthy animal, may signal the presence of an underlying disease. 

The AAHA recommends that middle aged dogs and cats undergo laboratory testing at least once a year.  During the senior years, they are recommended every six months for healthy animals. 

When searching for the perfect Dog Urn, make sure it matches your dog’s personality and has a tribute from the heart.  There are many with poems, photos and even laser etched portrait urns available for pets.

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11:34 25 August 2010

Sensory Changes with Age

Pets also experience sensory changes as they age.  These changes may be so subtle you may not notice them unless you are paying close attention.  With the Senior Years, also comes a general “slowing down” in animals.  As their major senses (sight, taste, touch, smell and hearing) begin to dull with age, you may find that your furry friend may have a slower response to external stimuli.  This loss of sensory perception is often a slow, progressive progress, and the best remedy for gradual sensory reduction is to keep your pet active.  Playing and working training exercises are an excellent way to keep your pet’s senses sharp. 

Pets may also be affected mentally as they age – just like humans they may begin to forget things and are susceptible to mental conditions.   They may also begin to confront age-related congnitive and behavior changes.  Most of these changes in your pet are rather subtle and can be addressed in a proactive manner.  Regular senior exams by your vet can catch and treat these problems before they become a problem and control your pet’s life. 

When looking for a Dog Urn or Cat Urn or any other Pet Urn, make sure you get one that is one cubic inch for every pound your pet weighs.

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10:17 24 August 2010

Pain – The Fourth Vital Sign

Pets experience pain just like humans do, and it is our job as pet owners to manage their pain as best we can.  The AAHA recommends that veterinarians take the appropriate steps to indentify, prevent and minimize pain in all senior dogs and cats.  The AAHA guidelines also encourage vets to use pain assessment as the Fourth Vital Sign – along with Temperature, Pulse and Respiration. 

There are different types of pain:  Acute pain – it comes on suddenly as a result of injury, surgery or infection, or Chronic Pain – which is long lasting and usually develops slowly such as arthritis.  YOU as a pet owner play the key role in monitoring your pet to ensure your pet lives comfortably during the senior stage of life.  It is critical to work closely with your vet to tailor a wellness plan that is best suited to your dog or cat.  Always monitor behavior and physical changes and report them to your vet.  By working together you can help your pet move into the twilight years with ease.

Dog Urns and Cat Urns are a personally way to pay tribute to your lost loved one.