Archive for the ‘Headstones’ Category

5:19 8 March 2012

Detecting Pet Cancer

  Last night I spoke with yet another client who has recently lost her pet to cancer.  She had a lovely Golden Retriever who had a tumor on her heart.  Her dog had no symptoms whatsoever until she just collapsed.  She was only 7 years old.  In her honor she is having a Pet Headstone made to place above her grave in their backyard.
In doing some research about Pet Cancer, I learned that some 6 million dogs and 6 million cats a year are diagnosed with Cancer.  As humans we need to be ever vigilant and watch for signs so our pets can receive professional care and treatment.  There are now Pet Oncologists who specialize in pet cancer treatments, and pets can now receive Chemotherapy and Radiation.  Pets who once have had Cancer can be Cancer-free and go on  to live long, fulfilling lives due to new medical procedures that have become available in the past few years.  So what should we watch for in our pets to catch the symptoms early?  Here is a list of things that could be caused by Cancer and should be checked out immediately:

1.  Unexplained weight loss; 2. Loss of Appetite; 3. Abnormal swelling; 4. Bleeding; 5. Offensive odor; 6. Difficulty swallowing; 7. Lameness or stiffness; 8. Difficulty breathing; 9. Difficulty urinating or pooping; 10. Sores that don’t heal; 11. Hesitating to exercise; 12. Loss of stamina.  These symptoms can be cause by other illnesses as well, but should be checked by a Vet as soon as possible.  We need to prevent pain and suffering in our beloved furry friends by getting them professional attention just as soon as any of these symptoms appear.

12:20 7 March 2012

Cancer in Our Pets

  I opened my Pet Memorial Business 7 years ago because I understand what it is like to lose a beloved pet.  I have just lost another fur child, my 3rd dog to cancer.  These dogs were not related, they were all from different States, and all had different kinds of Cancer.  2 clients of mine also lost pets to Cancer the same week, one who bought a Pet Casket for her cat, and one who ordered a Pet Headstone for her dog.

I asked my Vet when my dog was diagnosed, why there are so many pets dying of Cancer.  She told me she sees a lot of Cancer in older pets now, it is getting all too common.  Her explanation was that the Vets have a much better way of diagnosing pets now.  She believes Cancer has always been present, but years ago no one knew why pet’s got sick and died.  Now they have pathologists that can test biopsies, there is better up-dated equipment, and people are seeking Veterinarian advice more often.

Losing a pet to Cancer is a heart breaking ordeal, and I think there is something more to Pet Cancer than just better diagnostics.  I’m not certain if it’s something in our environment – pollutants etc., if it is in the food we feed our pets – fertilizers and sprays etc. or maybe in the hormones in the meat that goes into their food.  One breeder friend of mine believes it may be linked to insecticides we have sprayed on our yards.

Whatever the cause of the numerous cases of Cancer in human and our beloved Pets, I hope someday a cause can be pinpointed and a cure found.

9:00 14 October 2011

Creating A Pet Headstone

A Pet Headstone is the most popular pet memorial I sell.  It is simple, but beautiful and it will last for generations.  You can choose a laser etched black granite one like pictured, a river rock headstone, a gray granite headstone, or a lilac headstone.

  Many people like to make a personalized headstone with a tribute to their lost friend.  The Headstone in the picture was designed personally by Smokey’s owner from a boat in the Carribean and sent to me to have lasered.  If you have the program Photoshop or another similar program, you too are welcome to design your own Pet Memorial and send it to me to have it lasered.

If you prefer to have me do one for you,  I will design and create a proof for you in 1-2 business days and then send it to you for your approval.  I will not send it off to be professionally lasered until the photo, tribute and dates are exactly what you want.

I also have sample tributes for you to use, or you can create one of your own.   To view my sample tributes go to

2:42 24 September 2010

Nail Trimming is a Challenge

Worrying about how and where to cut your pet’s nails makes many people nervous, and in turn your pet will be nervous too.  Animals can tell when you are uneasy, and it will make Fifi more inclined to be jittery and more likely to struggle.

Until you feel confident in cutting your pet’s nails, just cut the very tip.   Your practice will make you better and by cutting them weekly, you will be able to keep those nails at a reasonable length.  As you become more comfortable and more skillful, your pet will be more cooperative.  As you get better at nail trimming, you can then safely estimate how much you can cut off without “quicking” your pet and decrease your sessions to twice a month.

Pet Memorial Stones are a nice way to pay tribute to your lost companion animal and bring back a lifetime of memories.

2:31 24 September 2010

Stop the Bleeding Nail


Clipping your pet’s nails can be quite a challenging feat, and until you  are experienced at it, accidents may happen.  Even the best groomers occasionally draw blood, so don’t feel bad when you do.  Nails can bleed heavily so it is always wise to have something on hand before you begin, to help stop it.  Some people have used a pinch of flour or even a bar of soap, but the very best thing you can use is a product called “Kwik Stop”  You can usually find it at local pet stores, and it is especially designed to stop the bleeding at the quick.  It comes in a small container but will last a long time.  It does sting when first applied, so beware if your fido jumps, but it stops the bleeding almost immediately.

It is normal for your pet to be a bit offended if you “quick” him.  Don’t rush to baby him, but do offer apologies and then treats.  Since some pets will be reluctant to let you trim another nail near the wounded one, leave that paw and come back to it after you have trimmed the others.

A Pet Memorial Stone is a simple but beautiful way to pay tribute to your lost loved one.  Make sure it is a good quality one before you buy it.  It should be at least 2 inches thick so it doesn’t break easily.   And, the black granite ones like pictured above, should have very little grain and no white.  It will be the best lasering surface for your photo, tribute, and dates.

11:17 21 September 2010

Dew Claws

Dew claws are located about 1-3 inches about your dog’s front feet and sometime on the back ones as well.  Dog’s may have a 5th toe nail, also known as Dew Claws.  Many breeders have the dew claws surgically removed  puppies are small.  Other may not.  It is not uncommon for dogs to have dew claws on some feet and not on others.

Since dew claws are never exposed to friction by touching the ground due to their high location, they are often longer and frequently overgrown.  In fact, you may have seen neglected dew claws that have grown into a full circle or are painfully ingrown requiring Veterinarian care. 

If your dog’s dew claws were not removed as a puppy, you need to give them diligent attention and care.  Don’t let neglect cause pain or discomfort to you beloved canine companion.

Pet Headstones are a beautiful way to say “good-bye” to your companion animal and pay a personal tribute to your life together.

11:06 21 September 2010

Where is the “Quick”?

There is a blood vessel in a dog and cat’s nails.  It is commonly referred to as the “quick”.  The quick is usually visable to the eye, unless your pet has dark colored nails.  Because it is possible to cut the quick and make your pet bleed, many pet owners are hesitant to cut their pet’s nails themselves. 

If your pet’s quick is very close to the tips, then daily filing for approximately 3 weeks will help the quick recede enough for comfortable, bloodless, nail clippings.  If you continue to file your pet’s nails several times a week, then you will be able to clip the nails a little shorter each time until they are the proper length.  Thereafter, the nails should be clipped and filed on a regular basis to keep them at a healthy length.  Indoor pets usually need more frequent trimmings than outdoor pets.  The friction of their nails on hard surfaces outside helps to limit nail growth and encourages the quick to recede naturally.  Frequent nail inspection will help you keep your pet healthy and pain free.

When it is time to find a Pet Headstone for a departed loved one, make sure you get a high quality one that will last for generations.  There are a lot of 1-inch ones on the market that are susceptible to breakage, especially if placed over a grave in the backyard.  2 inch or thicker pet headstones are a better choice.

10:48 21 September 2010

Dog Nail Clipping

Clipping your dog’s nail is usually an unpleasant job and sends chills up your spine just think about it.  Dog’s don’t seem to like or appreciate our efforts to keep them healthy and comfortable by regularly clipping their toe nails.  But nail clipping is essential and needs to be done at least every 3-4 weeks.  Waiting too long and letting your dog’s nail get over grown can result in ingrown nails.  Also, elongated nails can affect the comfort and health of your pet.  Just to walk can be a painful experience for them.

Many professional groomers will do this for you as part of the basic grooming fee.  But what if you don’t take your dog to a groomer?  Then you need to have someone show you how to do it yourself.  Learning how to hold and handle your pet, and how to properly use the correct tools, makes nail clipping so much more bearable for us and our furry friends.  Remember that is is better to cut a small amount regularly than a large amount at once.   Contact a professional groomer, a dog breeder, a dog trainer, or your Veterinarian and get the proper instructions before you take on this job yourself.  You dog will thank you for it!!

When shopping for Dog Headstones, make sure you find one that fits the personality of your pet, and one that allow you to paya proper tribute to your lost canine friend.

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.

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.