Posts Tagged ‘cat memorial’

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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.

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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.

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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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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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4:08 2 September 2010

Caring for Yourself

The loss of a companion animal can be devistating and very emotionally stressful.  While grieving for your loss, it is imperative that you take care of yourself  in small but very important ways.  Caring for yourself will help you get through the grieving process faster.  Some things you can do for yourself are:

1. Remember that grief is normal and it will pass.  You can and will heal over time. 2. Honor your pet in small or in significant ways.  Hold a small memorial service or have a Pet Funeral.  Or, make a small memorial in your home  in his/her honor.  3. Surround yourself with friends and family members, even if you feel like being alone.  You will benefit from the support you receive from others and it will help you heal faster if you are not isolated while grieving. 4. Talk about your pet.  Tell stories about what you used to do together, the things you enjoyed most about your pet.  5. Express yourself.  If you don’t like to talk, write down your feelings in a journal.  Write a song, a poem, or a tribute about your loved one.  6. Exercise – even if you don’t feel like it.  It can help enhance your mood and get you out and moving.  Modify your usual routine if necessary.  7. Eat right – don’t drown you sorrows in a bunch of junk food.  It may lift your spirits for a minute, but it will drop you like a rock later and intensify your emotions.  Also, don’t skip meals – your body still needs proper nutrition. 8. Join a Pet Loss Support group.  You don’t have to be alone with your pain.  8. Express your emotions and your pain.  Don’t stop yourself from just having a good cry.  Let it out, don’t keep it inside.  9. Create a memorial or tribute.   Put a Headstone or River rock in your garden, or make a graveside in your backyard.  Plant a new tree in his/her honor, or put a poem on a pet urn.

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3:44 2 September 2010

Grief – What to Expect

We will all experience a loss sometime in our lives, and with that loss we will all experience the sometimes overwhelming emotion or response called Grief.  It may feel at times that it will be impossible to recover and move on after we loss someone we love.  But, grief does gradually get better and less intense as time goes by.  To help get through the pain, it may help to know what things you might expect while grieving.

The first few days after you lose your companion animal can be very intense with a lot of crying.  You may feel very strong emotions and need the comfort of others who express their support and condolences.   It is very common to feel like you are “going crazy” and feel very extreme emotions of anxiety, panic, sadness and helplessness.  Some describe this time as feeling “unreal” as if they are looking at their world from the outside in, or from a faraway place.  You may also feel moody, irritable and resentful of the loss and others.Most people show their emotions right after a loss, but other people can be so shocked and overwhelmed that they don’t show emotion right away – even though the loss is very hard.  These people may be found smiling and talking to others as though nothing has  happened. 

After the first few days are over and you try to get back into your “normal” activities, it may be hard to put your heart back into everyday things.  Even though you may not talk about your loss as much, the grieving process still continues.  It is natural to have these feelings for day, weeks, and even longer – depending on how close you were to the animal who has passed. 

No matter how you grieve, there is no one right way to do it.  The grieving process is a gradual one that lasts longer for some people than others.  There may be times when you wonder if life will ever get back to normal again.  This is a very natural reaction after a loss.  Cat  Urns or Pet Urns are one way you can keep your lost loved one close, even though they are gone.

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9:23 19 August 2010

Grieving over a Pet?

Unless you have been a pet owner and have had a deep relationship with a 4-legged furchild, you may not understand the depth of grieving that can take place when this companion animal passes on.  Unfortunately, this is very common and many of our friends and family members will not understand what we are going through when we grieve for a pet.  Many who don’t understand us fully have never had this bond and do not appreciate the companionship and unconditional love a pet can provide us.

In order to grieve this pet fully, you need to learn to stand up for yourself.  That doesn’t mean arguing with others about whether or not your grief is appropriate (they’ll never understand anyway) but rather accept the fact that you may find your best emotional support for your grief from others outside your usual circle of family and friends.  You may want to seek out others who have also lost companion animals, join a Pet Loss support group, or find others who will appreciate the magnitude of your loss and can help suggest ways to help you get through the grieving process. 

Creating a Pet Memorial can help put your feelings into words and aid in the healing of a loss of a beloved pet.