Archive for July, 2010

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9:29 30 July 2010

Caring for Your Pet Headstone

Many clients ask me how long a granite headstone will last outside in the elements.  Granite is made to be used outside and will withstand the weather for generations if you properly care for it.  Even the Absolute Black Granite pet headstones that are laser-etched with a photo and tribute will last that long.  Absolute Black Granite is the third hardest stone in the world, only diamonds and rubies are harder.  They are also sealed after they are lasered so the etching and the photo will last for generations if you don’t use any harsh chemicals on it.  Just like a human headstone, gently wash it with a mild soap and water, and the etching will  last, even outside.

If your Pet Headstone is in your backyard, make sure it is placed where it will be safe from people walking on it or things falling on it to chip or break the stone.   The very best Absolute Black Granite that is the highest quality you can find on the market, has no white and very little grain.  It is found in only one quarry in the world and is recommended for laser-etching.

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4:48 29 July 2010

Choosing a Proper Pet Memorial

Have you recently lost a 4-legged loved one?  Or do you have a special furry family member who is aging?  You would like  to get something special to help pay tribute to your beloved pet, but don’t know exactly what?

What you choose may depend upon your circumstances.  Do you live in a big city in a high-rise apartment?  Or do you have a backyard where you can intern your treasured friend?  Maybe your city has a pet cemetery?  First you need to decide whether you would like to bury your pet, or have him/her cremated.  If you would like to bury your special friend at home or in a nearby cemetery, you will probably like to put him/her in a pet casket.  To mark your graveside you can choose a Pet Memorial  Stone  made of absolute black granite that can be laser etched with a photo, or you can choose something simple like a flagstone with just the name and a short tribute.  You can even put your pet’s name on a river rock to add to your garden.

If you choose to have your pet cremated, you will need a nice Pet Cremationa Urn.  You can have one made of wood with the name, dates and a short tribute etched on it.  Or choose from many Pet Poem Urns that were written just for our faithful friends.  What ever you choose, make it personal.  Write a tribute from the heart that describes your pet’s personality and choose something that fits his/her personality.  There are even Pet Memorial Specialists who can talk to you over the phone and help you with your decisions.  It’s worth the call.

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9:36 28 July 2010

Treatment Choices for Pain

There are a large variety of pain medications on the market available for pets.  You and Veterinarian can determine which is best for your furry best friend.  Many drugs now come in many different, easily administers forms such as liquids, skin patches and gels.  It gives us as pet owners more options than just the pill that is almost impossible to get your pet to swallow!

Basically there are two main kinds of pet pain killers – the Anti-inflammatory or the steriods, and the Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAIDS).  The steroids are  used to decrease inflammation and to decrease pain, but are not generally prescribed to be used for prolonged periods.  They can have adverse side effects.  The NSAIDS or non-steriod forms of pain killers are most often used to treat orthopedic-related pain with fewer side effects.  There are also several other classes of pain medications available so it is important to consult with your Vet about which one is right for your pet.  Together you can determine the right pain medication and treatment plan to give your loved one a more comfortable life.

When searching for the perfect Pet Urn, be sure to find one that fits the personality and size of your beloved pet.  You will need one cubit inch for every pound your pet weighs.

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12:31 27 July 2010

Pet Pain and Massage

There is an art to pet massage.  Many people swear by it and there are even classes you can take to learn how if you are interested.  I know locally in our small town there is even a Equine Massage Therapist who also teaches classes on how to massage horses.  But there is also a simple way you can massage your pet at home, just for relaxing and bonding between you and your pet.  It is nothing more that organized petting, but can help soothe your pet and help you to observe any unusual lumps, bumps, scrapes and bruises on his/her body.  Just make sure you are gentle and that you do not apply pressure over the spinal area.  Start at one end of your pet and gently, softly massage the muscles and joints while you talk to your pet in a very soothing voice.  You may also trying singing to your pet in a soft tone, to help them relax and understand that this massage time is a good time together.  Help your pet lay quietly and enjoy this bonding time, don’t scold or raise your voice if he/she doesn’t understand what you expect of him/her at first.  Gradually make this a routine thing you may do once a week or even once a day.  Animals are creatures of habit and can better indentify with a task if is repeated at the same time of day.  They tend to have internal clocks and may respond to something better if it is done at the same time – say in the evening before bed.  Help make this a postive experience by rewarding your pet at first with a treat, so they will identify the massage with something good.  As you both get better at it – you massaging, your pet holding still for it, you can make it a fun time to enjoy together.  If your pet shows any sign of discomfort, discontinue the massage immediately and seek the advice of your Veterinarian.  

Pet Burial Stones last for generations and will bring you and your loved ones a lifetime of fond memories.

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8:54 26 July 2010

How Can I Help My Pet?

The single most important thing you can do for an aging or hurting pet is have your Vet do a complete physical exam.  Then your Vet can recommend a a a treatment protocol that you can do together.  Because our furry friends cannot tell us when something is wrong, it is very important for you as a pet owner to take note of any changes in his/her behavior.  The following are ways your pet may be telling you there is something wrong:

Being unusually quiet, listless, restless or unresponsive.  Whining, whimpering, howling or constantly meowing.  Biting.  Constantly licking or chewing a particular part of the body.  Acting out of character – either agressively or submissively.  Flattening ears against the head.  Having trouble eating or sleeping.  Seeking more affection than usual.  Unable to get comfortable – changing positions constantly.

If an injury or illness sounds painful to you, you can be pretty sure it is painful for your pet.  Ask your Vet about simple things you can do at home to help keep your pet comfortable and monitor whether his/her pain level is changing.

Have a Personalized Pet Headstone,  Dog Headstone or Cat Headstone made for your beloved pet.  They last for generations and will bring a lifetime of fond memories.

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There are many ways  you can pay tribute to your beloved lost pet.  Most pet owners would agree that their four-legged furbaby is just as much a part of the family as the 2-legged ones.  Most would also agree that they are easier to raise – they don’t talk back, they don’t borrow the car, and they don’t borrow money, etc.    They can’t be interned with us in the family plot, so how do we say “Good-bye” in a dignified, appropriate manner?

There are many Pet Poems that have been written that convey the sentiment we feel towards our furry friends.  Many can be found etched on Pet Urns.  The “Rainbow Bridge” Pet Poem is a beautiful poem depicting how our pets are waiting for us in heaven and will greet us when we get there.  And there are many others.  Or, you may choose to write one yourself.  I have had clients write and “ode” to their lost pet or poems about their lives together.  Keep it very simple yet heart-felt.  Be sure to include the Pet’s name, the dates, and then something that will tell others what a special bond you had with your pet.  Absolute Black Granite headstones are made to lasered with the tribute and even your pet’s photo.  They make a stunning memorial that can be placed over the grave and will last for many generations.  When shopping for a Pet Headstone a Pet Poem Urn, or any Personalized Pet Memorial, make sure it fits the personality of your pet.  Check out some Sample Pet Tributes on our website.

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9:45 23 July 2010

Vets and Pain Management

Decades ago, Veterinarians believed that pain was good for a sick or injured animal.  It wasn’t because they were cruel, but rather they believed that pain helped keep the animal relatively quiet so it could heal.  Plus, they didn’t really know how to tell if a pet was feeling pain and needed some relief. 

Today it’s just the opposite, Veterinarians believe that they should treat for pain until there is proof that that an animal is not hurting.  Pain management has become a very important issued in veterinary medicine.  The AAHA/AAFP Pain Management Guidelines for Dog and Cats has been recently released and these guidelines show that pain management can improve the recovery process whether from illness or surgery. 

As a pet owner it is imperative that we monitor our pet’s behavior to look for signs of pain.  When human’s have pain, we complain.  When our pet’s have pain, they instinctively try to hide it so we generally don’t know they are in pain until it is so intense they can’t hide it anymore.   If you suspect your pet is hurting, consult your Vet immediately and and discuss the available pain management options.

When shopping for Cat Caskets or Dog Caskets or any kind of Pet Casket,  consider the size, style and colors that will fit your pet best.

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8:36 22 July 2010

Different Kinds of Pain

Our furry family members experience pain just like humans.  It’s hard to imagine that pain in pets was not recognized until recently.   Some “experts” assumed that pets, infants and the elderly did not experience pain because they could not verbally express it.  Hello? 

Actually there is more than one kind of pain we as pet owners need to be aware of so we can properly treat it:  Acute pain and Chronic pain.  Acute pain comes on suddenly usually as a result of an injury, surgery or some kind of inflammation or infection.  It can be extremely uncomfortable and and can limit your pet’s mobility.  Generally this pain is temporary and will go away when the condition is treated.  It is the easier of the 2 kinds to manage.

The second type of pain or Chronic pain is long lasting and usually slow to develop.  The more common sources are age-related such as arthritis.  This type of pain is the hardest to deal with because it can go on for years.  Also, because of the slow onset, some animals may learn to tolerate it and make it difficult for humans  to detect.

Pain management will improve your pet’s recovery from illness or surgery, it reduces stress, and it increases the sense of well being.  It may also help your furry friend live a longer and more fulfulled life.   When shopping for Pet Caskets, be sure to check out the large selection at TreasuredFriendMemorials.com

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9:06 21 July 2010

Pets 10 Commandments

 A PET’S TEN COMMANDMENTS  1. My life is likely to last 10-15 years. Any separation from you is likely to be painful.  2. Give me time to understand what you want of me.  3. Place your trust in me.. It is crucial for my well-being.  4. Don’t be angry with me for long and don’t lock me up as punishment. You have your work, your friends, your entertainment, but I have only you.  5. Talk to me. Even if I don’t understand your words, I do understand your voice when speaking to me.  6. Be aware that however you treat me, I will never forget it.  7. Before you hit me, before you strike me, remember that I could hurt you, and yet, I choose not to bite you.  8. Before you scold me for being lazy or uncooperative, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I’m not getting the right food, I have been in the sun too long, or my heart might be getting old or weak.  9. Please take care of me when I grow old. You too, will grow old.  10. On the ultimate difficult journey, go with me please. Never say you can’t bear to watch. Don’t make me face this alone. Everything is easier for me if you are there, because I love you so.  Take a moment today to thank God for your pets. Enjoy and take good care of them.  Life would be a much duller, less joyful experience without God’s critters.  We do not have to wait for Heaven, to be surrounded by hope, love, and joyfulness. It is here on earth and has four legs!    (Thank you to the anonymous author who posted this online) To find a large selection of beautiful Dog Caskets, visit Treasured Friend Memorials.   

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8:34 19 July 2010

Should I Call the Vet?

As a pet owner, especially if you are new on job, you wonder if your pet will get better on its own or should you call for some help.  You need to remember that pets feel pain just like humans do, and you and you need to be able to identify, prevent, and minimize pain in your furry friend.  You play a major role in monitoring your pet to determine whether or not he/she is in pain.  To help your pet live comfortably, especially during its senior stage of life, you need to work with your Veterinarian toe ensure a wellness plan that is tailored to your kind and breed of pet. Be sure to watch your pet’s behavior carefully and report anything unusual to your Vet to can help you and your pet enjoy the twilight years together with ease.

Some signs you should look for that signal there is a problem and you should call your Vet: Sustained, significant increase in water consumption and urnination.  Sudden weight loss or gain.  Significant decrease in appetite or failure to eat for more than 2 days.  Repeated vomiting.  Diarrhea lasting over 3 days.  Difficulty passing a stool or urine.  Change in housebreaking.  Lameness lasting more than 5 days in more than one leg.  Noticeable decrease in vision.  Open sores or scabs on the skin that persist for more than a week.  Foul mouth or odor or drooling that lasts more than 2 days.  Increase in size of the abdomen.  Increase time spent sleeping and inactivity.  Hair loss in specific areas.  Excessive panting.  The inability to chew dry food.  Blood in the stool or urine.  Sudden collapse or weakness.  A seizure or convulsion.  Persistant coughing or gagging.  Breathing rapidly or heavily while at rest.  If you are ever uncertain about anything concerning your pet’s health, never hesitate to call a professional.

When searching for the perfect Cat Casket, there are many sizes, models and styles to choose from to fit your needs.