Posts Tagged ‘cat casket’

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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2:02 23 February 2010

Planning a Pet Funeral

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If you have decided you would like to have a Pet Funeral or Remembrance Ceremony, here are some things you wish to consider:
1. Take some time to plan what you’d like to do.  Involve all family members including the children.  Invite others who loved the pet to help you.
2. Decide if you want to hold a funeral, a memorial service,  a graveside service, or all of them.
3. Given your religious beliefs, ask yourself if you want to include religious aspects in the service.
4. Try to make the service very personal.  Ask family members and friends to reminisce and recall what was special about your pet.
5. Decide where to hold the service, whether graveside or other.  Consider the time, who will speak and who you will invite.
6. If you are burying your beloved pet in a pet cemetery or crematory, decide if you want a pet viewing beforehand, and if you can hold the service there.
7. Ask other pet lovers what they may have done to honor their pet’s memories and ways you may want to adapt their ideas into your own.
Remember that it is normal and healthy to use a pet funeral or memorial service to express your sorrow, proclaim your love and bid a final farewell to such a cherished friend.  Use  Personalized Pet Memorials to add a special touch to your funeral and to say good-bye to your lost loved one.

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12:28 13 January 2010

Will My Other Pet’s Know?

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Many people wonder if when a beloved pet dies, how the other pets in the family will react.  Will they know their friend is gone?  Or should I show the body to them and let them say “good-bye”?  Veterinarians are often asked this very question, and there seems to be quite a debate over the subject – although there is little evidence to support either view.  Some argue that pet’s don’t have the cognitive ability to understand the finality of death, but others believe that pets can see death as we do.

Many people have had experiences with surviving pets that have reported that they grieve the loss of deceased companion animals.  Author Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, in her book “The Hidden Life of Dogs” described how a dog howled for the first time when it somehow sensed that its buddy was not returning home after a final trip to the Vet.
It is possible that the dog may not have been so upset if it had accompanied his buddy to the Vet  and witnessed for himself the final event.   Also, in the book “Dog’s Behaving Badly” the author describes how a dog was put to sleep and the owners tried to conceal it from the other family dog.  Upon returning home, the remaining dog frantically combed every inch of the house looking for his companion until he finally found him in the garden in a well-camouflaged grave.  There he sat for days, staring off into space with a far away look.  It was as if he knew what had happened, and he probably did.

Horse and donkey mares do better if they are allowed to spend time with the deceased foal, than if it is hurried away withour their inspection.  If unable to inspect the dead foal, frantic equine moms have even dug up the foal’s remains to seemingly reflect for awhile before coming to terms with their loss.

For a pet who is closes bonded with another, displaying the deceased’s body may help the survivor to accept the finality of the event and to bring closure to them.  They may also display classic stages of grieving,  just like humans.   Don’t be alarmed if they become less active, eat less, sleep fitfully and generally appear depressed.  They too are trying to come to terms with with has transpired.
It may help to bury their companion nearby, in a favorite spot in the backyard where they can visit often.  Burying your pet in a Pet Casket it is a beautiful and dignified way to intern your beloved companion animal.

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11:42 13 January 2010

Pet Loss and Children III

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The best way to help a child overcome a loss of a beloved pet is to talk to them about it.  Before a death, when the animal is sick or very old, spend time talking with your child about his/her feelings.  Tell them what will happen when the pet dies.  Be honest, open and frank with them.  Don’t try to hide anything in trying to protect them from reality, it will just prolong the pain.  If possible, let your child say “good-bye” to the 4-legged family member before the pet dies.  Let your child know that it is very normal to grieve, to feel sad and to miss the family pet.  Help them to clearly understand that death is a part of life, and it is not their fault the pet will die.

The death of a pet may bring back the memory of other painful losses or upsetting events.  A child who may seem to be overwhelmed with grief and one who is not about to function in their daily routines may benefit from talking with a professional adolescent psychiatrist or other qualified mental health advisor.

You may choose to have the child help you place the pet in a Pet Casket, and then help you bury it in your backyard in or in a pet cemetery.  This will allow them to see their beloved friend properly put to rest.  It may also help them to gain some closure knowing the pet is resting in peace.   They won’t need to wonder where the pet went after he/she died, and may help them not to wonder if the pet will be coming back.

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12:22 12 January 2010

Pet Loss and Children II

dreamstime_1324598Telling a child that they have just lost their best friend, their pet, can be one of the hardest things we will ever have to do as parents.  Children will often have questions after their pet dies like: Why did my pet die?  Where does my pet go now?  Will I ever see my pet again? If I wish really hard will my pet come back?  Was it my fault?  Does death last forever?  If I am really good can I get him/her back?    It is very important to answer each question simply and honestly.

Children may experience anger, sadness, fear, denial, or guilt when their pet dies.  They may also be jealous of their friend who still have a living pet.  Parents can serve as models by openly sharing their feelings with their children about death.  Let your children know that it is a normal part of life and it’s okay to feel sad and miss the pet.  Encourage your youngsters to come to you with question and for reassurance and comfort.

Remember there is no “best” way for a child to mourn.  Mourning a pet has to be done in the child’s own way. They need to be given time to remember their pets.  It helps to talk about the pet with family members and friends.  When the pet dies, let the children help you bury it , make a memorial, and even have a ceremony.  Let the children be involved in creating  a Pet Memorial  Headstone for your lost family member to put  over the grave in the backyard or in a pet cemetery.  It will help them feel more connected to the life of the pet, and will bring back fond memories each time they look at it.  It can also help them get through the grieving process and and help them find some closure.