Archive for September, 2010

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12:07 14 September 2010

Why Pet Dental Care?

Would you let years go by without a visit to the dentist?  Probably not.  But your pet’s dental health is just as important to his/her overall health as your dental health is to your general health.   To help educate pet owners about the importance of proper dental care, the AAHA (American Animal Hospital Association) has developed Dental Care Guidelines for Dogs and Cats. 

Dental care among our furry friends is one of the most commonly overlooked areas of pet health care.  In fact, in a recent AAHA study, it showed that over tw0-thirds of pet owners od ont provide essential dental care.   The American Veterinary Dental Society reports that 80% of dog and 70% of cats show signs of oral disease by the age of 3.  This dental disease doesn’t just affect your pet’s mouth, it can lead to more serious health problems including heart, lung and kidney disease. 

If you currently don’t have a dental care plan for your furry loved one, talk to your Veterinarian and get regular check ups and cleanings scheduled.  It can help you pet live a longer healthier life.

Pet Memorials are a way to pay tribute to the life of your departed friend.  There are many ways to memorialize your loved one from a pet headstone to a pet keepsake.

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9:27 10 September 2010

Grief VS. Depression

If you have suffered an intense loss, how will you know the difference between grieving and being depressed?  There is a difference between the two, and you need to watch for the warning signs to make sure you are not suffering from Clinical Depression.  Depression is a whole body disorder that can take over the way you think and feel.  Some of the symptoms of depression are:

1. A sad, anxious or “empty” feeling that won’t go away.  2. Loss of interest in thing  you used to enjoy.  3. Low energy, fatigue, or feeling “slowed down’.  4. Changes in your sleep patterns.  5. Loss of appetite, weight loss or weight gain.  6. Trouble concentrating, remembering or making decisions.  7. Feeling of hopelessness and gloom.  8. Feelings of guilt or helplessness. 9. Thoughts of suicide or suicide attempt.  10.  Recurring aches and pains including headaches that don’t respond to treatment. 

If you have just suffered a loss, some of these may be a part of a normal grief reaction.  But is these feelings persist for weeks with no lifting of your mood, you may need to seek professional help. 

Pet Cremation Jewelry is a way for you to keep part of your lost loved one close to your heart.

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9:11 10 September 2010

Moving On After a Loss

Many of your well-meaning friends and family will tell you it’s time to “move on” after your loss.  Unfortunately listening to that type of advice may prevent you from grieving properly and talking openly about your loss.  Don’t worry about what others think, grieving is a very personal process and you are not grieving the wrong way.  There is no right or wrong way to grieve, it just takes time to heal.

It is very important that you don’t just “drop out of life” while you are grieving.  If you aren’t ready to “move on” then maybe consider the idea of just “keeping on” with life for now.  Sometimes you just need to remind yourself that you are doing the very best you can and that’s okay.  Don’t try to run away from you emotions, embrace them but don’t exclude yourself from doing things you like to do such as being with friends, exercising, hobby’s, reading or other activities. 

Going forward with your life doesn’t mean forgetting about the loved one you lost.  It doesn’t mean you don’t miss them just because you enjoy life again.  And how long it takes you to finish grieving is in no way tied to how much you loved your pet.  With time and the love and support from your family and friends, you will find ways to cope even with the deepest loss.

Pet Memorial Jewelry is designed to put a small amount of your pet’s ashes inside a piece of jewelry you can wear around your neck.  This is always done with the upmost respect to you lost loved one.  Many people find a lot of comfort in keeping a part of their companion animal close to their heart.

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9:10 9 September 2010

Help for Intense Grief

If your grief is not getting any better after the death of your loved one, you may need to reach out for help.  Especially if your grief has turned into depression, you need to talk to someone.  Counselors and professional therapists or even your clergy man can help you through your grieving because they allow you to talk about it and express strong feelings.  Many counselors also specialize in teenagers and children if your family is having trouble coping as well. 

It is natural for someone who has experienced a loss to think about death in some degree.  But if your loss has you thinking about suicide or hurting yourself in some way, or you feel you can no longer endure the pain, you need to seek help right away.  Here are some signs that it may be time to call for help:

1. You’ve been grieving for 4 months or longer and the pain is not getting any better.  2. You feel and act depressed.  3.  Your grief is so intense you cannot go about your regular routine and activities.  4. You are having a hard time concentrating, sleeping, eating or socializing like you normally do. 5. You feel you can’t go on living after your loss and you think about suicide, dying, or hurting yourself.  If you are experiencing one or all of these symptoms of intense grief, please reach out and make a call.  Your doctor may be able to recommend someone.  If your children need help, talk to their doctor or school counselor.  Watch your loved ones for these warning signs and don’t wait to get help.

Pet Burial Stones are another constructive way to help get you through the grieving process.  Write a special, personal tribute only you can write to your lost loved one, and share it with other.

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8:55 9 September 2010

Weight Loss Supplements

Currently there are no weight loss supplements available for cats.  There are some studies in dogs that show that the cautious use of some supplements can help obese dogs reduce weight and lower their cholesterol.  These studies were done on dog that were not helped by reduced-calorie diets alone.  These dogs did lose weight when given a naturally occurring hormone called dehydroepiandrosterone or DHEA.  The DHEA levels decrease in animals as they age, very similar to other hormones in humans.  Replacing the DHEA in these dogs can increase fat metabolism and subsequent weight loss.

There are other supplement still presently being studied for dogs which include L-Carnitine, Garcinia Cambogia, and Chromium Picolinate.    Please do NOT self administer any of these supplements to your pet.  Always consult with your Vet before using any kind of herbal supplement on animals.  Together you can come up with a safe, effective weight loss plan for your furry friend.

Cat Headstones are a personal way to pay tribute to your lost feline friend.  With the Absolute Black Granite stones, you can include a photo, a tribute and dates.  These beautiful stone will last for generations with proper care.

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9:17 8 September 2010

Healthy Exercise Tips

Our pet’s are a member of the family, and we want to keep them safe and healthy.  A healthy pet is fit, not fat.  Often we are tempted when we get home from a long day at work to plop down on the TV with our chips and pop and ignore our pet’s begging to go out and play.  Pet exercise involves YOU.  Pet’s generally do not  exercise by themselves, they need you to take them for a walk, direct exercise play and keep them moving.  If your pet is overweight and needs some extra exercise, here are some easy tips:

1. Keep is simple.  Over-exercising an obese animal will do more harm than good.  Excess stess and strain on an already stressed cardiac, respiratory and musculorskeletal system can be dangerous.  Be sure to watch closely for signs of fatigue and adjust your exercise regime as needed.  2. As your pet adjusts to a new exercise routine, the intensity of the exercise can be increased gradually.  Start with 2 easy 5-15 minute walks a day, then slowing increase it to 2-3 30 minute brisk walks per day. 3. Change up your exercise to make it fun and interesting.  Play games like fetch, frisby and catch.  Also don’t forget joint-friendly activities like swimming. 4.  Allow your dog to play with other dogs if appropriate.  They can have fun chasing and running with each other too.  5. Make sure  you always have fresh water available, especially when it is hot to prevent overheating.  6. Increase your household activities and invite your pet to join you.  The more you walk around, so will your pets.  7. Join a pet group like obedience or agility training.  It is a great way to get out and moving and enjoy other people with their pets.  8. Exercise your pet everyday.  If you have a cat who does not walk on a leash, play with ping pong balls, remote controlled toys, feathers on a pole or other commercially available toys.  Playtime with our pets can be fun – so be creative and get out and enjoy some exercise together. 
Dog Headstones are a fitting way to pay tribute to our lost furry family member and a personal way to say “Good-bye”.

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8:54 8 September 2010

Tips to Reduce Calories

There are numerous ways to reduce your pet’s caloric intake.  Just remember that helping your furry friend lose weight should be a slow and gradual process to avoid other health problems.  Here are some suggestions on how to reduce calories in your pet’s diet:

1. Elimate table scraps – they are typically high in fat and calories.  2. Learn to ignore the “begging eyes”.  Send Fido or Fifi to the other room during mealtime.  3. Learn to ignore toe biting and vocal complaints and these will diminish with time.  4. Replace your need to give treats as a sign of love.  Instead replace food with something constructive like exercise, play or even training.  5. Reduce the amount of food you feed at mealtimes by 15%.  Large reductions can result in deficiencies – so consult your Vet before cutting down on food.  6. Consider a lower calorie pet food.  You can find quality foods designed for different stages of life.  You may have noticed the “Senior” type foods on the market.  They are usually lower in fat and higher in fiber.  They allow your pet to eat the same volume without the same calories.  7. Feed smaller portions more frequently.  If you feed only once a day, try feeding twice, three times or more.  It can reduce calories but help your pet feel full.  8. If you have more than one pet, separate them at feeding time.  This reduces competition and the urge to eat more.  9. Keep water available at all time.  10. Don’t leave food out all the time.  If you feed canned food, leave it out for just a few minutes each feeding.  11. Be patient.  It may take several months to see a desired result.  12. Weigh your pet regularly to see if your plan is working.  A gradual weight loss of about 1% a week is a good goal – rapid weight loss can be very dangerous, especially for cats.

Pet Headstones are a personal way to pay tribute to your lost loved one and will help honor their memory for generations to come.

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5:05 7 September 2010

Treating Overweight Pets

If you think your pet is overweight and needs to slim down, remember the best treatment is long-term and gradual.  Before you begin treating any pet for weight problems, be sure to have a Vet examination before beginning to make sure there are not other circumstances involved.

Pet weight reduction combines changes in the lifestyles of both the pet and the owners.  The entire family must be onboard so no one will undermine the success of your program by sneaking treats to your pet.  The basis of a treatment plan is to cut out unnecesary calories and increase exercise.  Simply feeding less food or lower calorie food is typically not the answer.  Low-fat diets fed long term can cause both skin and internal problems.

The best way to get started is to document the calories that you feed your pet.  Remember the treats, bisquits and table scraps and even coat supplements.  Then compare your calorie total to the one your Vet recommends.  Then document the amount of exercise your pet receives daily.  Sitting in the backyard is not exercise.  Walking, running, swimming, fetching, chasing a ball or frisbee or playing with other pets are all good forms of exercise.

Document your pet’s weight before you begin your program then have regular, weekly weigh-ins.  Weekly weigh-ins can tell you if you are on track of if you need to modify your program.  Keeping your pet at optimum weight can mean a longer, healthier and better quality of life – for both of you.

A Cat Casket is a personal way to bid farewell to you lost feline friend.  They come in many styles, sizes and materials to meet your needs.

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4:45 7 September 2010

Is MY Pet Overweight?

Your pet’s breed type and body structure should be taken into consideration when determining whether or not your pet is overweight.  Ideally, the best way to tell is by examining your pet both visually and by touch.   Judging whether or not a dog is overweight is far easier than judging a cat.  Cat’s can be heavily coated or have excess skin which can make them appear to be obese when actually they are not.  So feeling your feline furry friend is a better indicator.  In general, cats should look  and feel sleek without a huge belly or pads of fat on their hips.

Your canine friend on the other hand can be examined both ways.  Look at your dog from the side as he stands.  You should be able to see good definition between the rib cage and the abdomen.  If you cannot tell where the ribs end and the abdomen begins, your dog is most likely overweight. When examining your dog by touch, you can tell a lot by feeling his rib cage.  A weight healthy dog has a thin layer of fat over the ribs.  If you can actually put your fingers between each rib, your dog is too thin.  If you cannot feel his ribs, your dog is too fat.  The more overweight the dog is, the heavier the layer of fat will feel.  Fat can also be present along his back, over the hips and over the abdomen.

Pets kept at a proper weight will live longer and more comfortable lives.  It is up to us as pet owners to make sure we control their calorie intake and increase their exercise. Dog caskets come in a large variety of styles and sizes to accomodate the smallest of toy sizes up to the largest of breeds.   Measure from the top of the head to the top of the tail for length. Then from the top of the shoulder to the bottom of curled legs when your pet is lying down for proper width.

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12:26 4 September 2010

Food Vs. Exercise

Insufficient exercise and excess calorie consumption is the major cause of obesity in our furry friends, but there are other factors you need to consider also.  Pet foods that have too much fat in them – even high quality pet foods – can rapidly add on the pounds.  Certain breeds of animals such as Labrador Retrievers, beagles, basset hounds and others gain weight easily.  Medical conditions such as hypothyroidism can also lead to weight gain.  Older animals, just like humans are more likely to gain weight, and also pets that have been spayed or neutered have a predisposition to gain weight more easily.

Your pet’s breed, age and reproductive status are NOT an excuse for uncontrolled weight gain, they simply influence your pet’s tendency to add pounds.  The bottom line for pet owners is that our pets eat too much and exercise too little.  It is up to you to make sure that your pet’s dietary needs meet their physical activity.  If your older dog has arthritis and does not like to exercise anymore, than it is up to you to intervene and help out with joint supplements and pain medications.  If you spayed cat tends to add some weight, then it is your job to adjust her exercise and dietary habits to suit her altered physiology.  As pet owners we control what they eat, when they exercise, and ultimately their weight. 

Searching for a Cat Casket?  There are many sizes and styles available to suit your cat’s personality and also your budget.