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11:19 16 September 2010

Pets and Anesthesia

Whenever your pet may need anesthesia, very special considerations are taken to ensure the safety of your companion animal.  Your Veterinarian will thoroughly examine your pet first to make sure he/she is healthy enough to undergo anethesia – even if it’s just for a dental cleaning.  Depending on your pet’s general health and age, your Vet may also run other tests like blood, urnine, electrocardiograph, and x-rays.  He will check for any dangerous heart, kidney or any other health conditions that may exist. 

During the anesthesia, your Vet will monitor and record your pet’s vital signs – such as body temperature, heart rate, and respiration – as well as other factors to ensure the safety of your pet while under anesthesia.

Though there is some risk associated with any medical procedure, modern anethesia is safe, even for older pets.  If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to consult with your Vet and get y0ur questions answered.

Be sure to check with your local Pet Cemetery about their guidelines before shopping for Pet Cemetery Stones.  Each Pet Cemetery has different restrictions, rules and covenants about the size they will allow you to use.

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11:06 16 September 2010

Equine Dental Care

Years ago when you took your favorite horse to the Vet for his yearly check and vaccinations, you also had the Vet “float” his teeth.  This was kind of like having him take a farrier’s rasp, stick it in your horses mouth and then rasp the rough edges off his teeth.  It took about 10 minutes and did little good.

Today, however there are now Certified Equine Dentists in almost every town.  These trained Veterarians now use a power tool to carefully shape each tooth, taking off all the sharp edges and corners.  They can even take off teeth that are too long that are preventing your horse from chewing properly.  This is done after your horse has been placed in a metal chute and has been  mildly tranquilized to minimalize fear.  Donned with a helmet with light, your Vet can see into your horses mouth all the way back to where the teeth end – at the throat.  He can skillfully give your furry friend the best dental care and ensure that your horse is able to get the most of his daily nutrition through properly chewing  his food.  If your horse is not maintaining weight and is thinner than usual, you may want to take a trip to an Equine Dentist and get his teeth checked.  It takes about an hour and will be the best money you will ever spend on your horse.

Pet Memorial Stones are a wondeful way to pay tribute to your lost equine friend.  They last for generations and bring back endless fond memories.

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10:50 16 September 2010

Dental Care by a Vet

There are 2 critical components of your pet’s dental care: 1. the oral examinations and 2. the dental cleaning procedure.  Veterinarian dental care should begin at the puppy/kitten/foal stage of your pet’s life.  As a baby your Vet will check for baby teeth, missing or extra teeth, swellings and proper oral development.  Then as your pet matures, you Vet will check for developmental anomalies and the the accumulation of tartar and plaque, periodontal disease and oral tumors. 

Your Vet can perform very basic oral examinations while your pet is awake, but a short-lasting anesthetic is required to complete thorough examinations and dental cleanings.   The AAHA (American Animal Hospital Association) recommends that these exams and cleanings be scheduled annually beginning at one year of age for cats and small dogs, and at two years for large-breed dogs.  For horses, have your Vet do oral exams when you schedule your vaccinations and as early as your foal is weened.

Adding a Pet Memorial Stone to your backyard or garden can bring you generations of fond memories of your lost companion animal.

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12:24 14 September 2010

Pet Periodontal Disease

If you pet has bad breath, it shouldn’t be ignored.  It could be signs of an oral problem and the sooner you have it treated by your Vet,  and learn to care for it yourself, the sooner your pet will be comfortable again. 

Periodontal Disease is an infection of the tissue surrounding the teeth that takes hold in progressive stages.  It starts out a s bacterial film called plaque.  This bacteria attaches itself to the teeth and when it dies it can be calcified by the calcium in your pet’s saliva.  This forms a hard, rough substance called tartar or calculus which allow more plaque to build up. 

Initially plaque is soft and brushing your pet’s teeth or chewing on hard food can dislodge it.  But if is left to spread, plaque can lead to gingivitis, an inflammation of the gums, causing them to become red and swollen and they bleed easily.  As plague builds up below the gum line, professional cleaning is needed to help manage it.  If it continues to build unchecked, it can cause an infection around the root of the tooth.  In the final stages of periodontal disease, the tissues around the tooth are destroyed, the bony socket holding the tooth in place erodes, and the tooth becomes loose.  This is very painful.  All of this can be avoided before it even starts with regular dental check-ups and cleaning.  You can also learn how you can give proper pet dental treatment at home.  Together you and your Vet can give your pet a reason to smile.

Personalized Pet Memorials are a personal way to say “good-bye” and pay tribute to the life of your best friend.

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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”.