Archive for the ‘Pet Caskets’ Category

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.

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.

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.

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.

12:05 4 September 2010

Why Overweight is Unhealthy

As pet owners sometimes we overfeed our pets  because we substitute the time we want to spend with our animals with food.  Or, we can’t resist those big loving eyes peering at us at the dinner table and we feed them table scraps.

In our busy lifestyles today, our pets are kept kenneled, crated or locked in the house for most of the day.  We feel guilty that we don’t have more time to spend with them, and in return try to shower our furry friends with “love”.  But overfeeding is not a substitute for exercise and can have many unhealthy side effects. 

Obese animals can have a number of weight related illnesses: extra stress on the heart, lungs, liver, kidneys and other body organs can cause a myriad of problems now and later in their lives.  Our overweight pets are more likely to suffer from cardiac disease, respiratory problems, digestive disorders and high blood pressure.  Their joints, ligaments, tendons and bones also suffer from excess wear and tear, just like human’s do.  They are more prone to endure arthritis, joint injuries, leg problems and back injuries.  They are also at greater risk during surgery and under anesthesia.  They can also develop skin diseases, diabetes, Cushing’s disease, pancreatitis, and liver disease.  Cats can also develop feline hepatic lipidosis. 

Next time you are tempted to throw your companion animal table scraps or give them an extra helping of “love” when they beg, go outside and play instead.  They will live longer, more comfortable lives if you do.  Cat Caskets are a nice way to properly intern you lost feline.

9:29 17 August 2010

Ending the Suffering

Some time in your life, you may be asked to help your pet make a transition from life to death with the help of your veterinarian.  The choice of euthanasia for your loved one will usually be made after a diagnosis of a terminal illness, a critical injury,  or an age related cause.  It usually is based on the determination that your pet is suffering and it is time to let him/her go.  Euthanasia will probably be one of the most difficult decisions you will ever make, but may also very necessary and should be made in your  pet’s best interest.  Whatever the case, your decision to put your loved one out of his/her misery should be an informed one and should be out of the love for your animal.  Sometimes we feel selfish and do not want to let our pet die, because we don’t want to be left alone.  Here  are some guidelines to consider to help you make the best decision: 1. Your pet’s activity level.  Does your pet still enjoy previously loved activities and is he/she still able to be active at all?  2. Response to care and affection.  Does you pet still respond and interact with you in the usual ways?  3. Amount of pain and suffering.  Does your pet’s pain and suffing outweigh the pleasure and enjoyment of life?  4. Terminal illness or critical injury.  Has illness or injury prohibited your pet from enjoying life?  Is your loved one facing certain death?

Euthanasia is a very personal decision and should be made with the support of your family and veterinarian.  You should consider the quality of life that is available for your pet.  Make sure you create a process that is as peaceful as possible for you and your loved one.  When considering how you will intern your loved one, you will find many
Pet Caskets on the market.  Choose one that is the appropriate size by measuring your pet from the head(near the eyes) to the top of the tail, and the width of your pet while lying down with his/her legs curled up.

8:46 13 August 2010

Grieving and Depression

It is very natural to feel depressed and in pain after losing a beloved pet.  Feelings of sadness after such a death are much like a wounded animal’s instinct to withdraw, find a safe spot and lick their wounds.  Such emotions can be an indicator that your usual notions of faith and reality have been shattered.  This can lead to deep questions about the meaning of different aspects of your life, and also of impending death.  These feelings of sadness can also be an indicator that you need to slow down, take some “me” time and allow yourself to heal.  You need to put yourself in touch with your feelings, and find a way when it is time, to move on with life.

While feelings of sadness after death of a loved one, whether 2-legged or 4-legged, are very real and normal, actual clinical depression is not.  If your feelings of depression and helplessness continue for a long periond of time and you are not able to return to normal activities, you need to seek help.   You should consider visiting with a trained therapist, or with your clergy person.   There is nothing wrong with seeking and accepting help to overcome such grief.  It is very common and can help y0u to heal faster.

When looking for a Pet Casket to properly intern your furry loved one, find one that fits the personality and size of your lost pet.

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.

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

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.