Posts Tagged ‘dog memorial’

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

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.

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”.

6:30 1 September 2010

More Symptoms of Grieving

There are many symptoms of grieving – the ways people grieve are almost as numerous and unique as the individuals who grieve.  Grieving can be caused by many different causes – from losing a loved one to losing a job, to moving, or from a financial devistation – and more. 

One common reaction to a loss is a preoccupation with the person or animal you have lost.  You think about him/her constantly and may re-create the circumstances of your loss over and over in your mind.  You may also experience vivid dreams or nightmares about your loved one, and you may also even think you see or hear them.

Grief can also take a physical toll on your body.  It is not unusual for the bereaved to lose weight, have difficulty sleeping, become irritable and listless or even feel short of breath.  Some people find that they have trouble concentrating, studying, sleeping, eating, and may have waves of nausea when they are coping with a loss.  Some lose interest in activities that they once enjoyed.  Some people try to lose themselves in playing computer games or eat or drink to an excess.  And, some people just feel numb like nothing ever happened.

All of these are very normal ways to react to a death or a loss in your life.  Give yourself time to heal and realize the healing process will happen gradually.  Pet Memorials are a way of remembering your lost loved one and can remind you of all the happy times you enjoyed together.

11:01 31 August 2010

Different Ways of Grieving

Everybody will grieve for a loss in their life in many different ways.  Grief is as unique as your are, so don’t compare yourself to others and expect to grieve the same way.  Some of your friends or family members may grieve faster, or not show as much pain or emotion, so you wonder if there is something wrong with you.  Loved ones may tell you that you are silly or even dumb for grieving over the loss of just a “pet”.  Don’t listen or pay attention, obviously they have never had a strong bond with a companion animal and cannot understand what you are feeling right now.  Find solace in the fact that grief is a necessary part of life and is very normal, even though the symptoms may vary greatly with each person.  Certain reactions to death of a loved one are quite common, and you can expect to experience some of them:

1. Shock.  You may go into shock and even find yourself denying that your loved one is gone.  2. Anger.  You may feel angry towards the Vet who could not save your pet.  You may even feel anger toward your pet for leaving you. And you may feel guilty that this anger will not go away. 3. Guilt.  We feel guilty for a number of reasons.  You may feel you could have prevented the death or should have been present to say “good-bye”.  4. Feeling of helplessness.  You may feel many additional losses – you lost your friend, your companion, your confidant.  These additional losses can leave you feeling helpless and confused.  5. Depression.  Even normal, committed, caring people may find that they don’t care about anything or anyone right now.  Other feelings you may experience are: Sad, worried, scared, unprepared, cheated, relieved, exhuasted, or just plain empty.  There are many more.   Just be aware that your emotions may be stronger and deeper than usual and may be mixed together in ways you have never experienced before.  All of these are normal and will get better with time.  The best thing to do is to share your feelings with someone who has experienced this kind of loss before so you can get some emotional support.  Don’t try to hold in your feelings, but express them in ways helpful to your circumstances right now.  Pet Headstones are a personal way to pay tribute to your lost loved one and to help with the healing process.

7:26 26 August 2010

Important Vet Lab Tests

As your pet ages, Veterinarian Lab tests become very important and should be conducted at least every 6 months for a healthy cat or dog.  Laboratory results help your vet to understand the status of your pet’s overall health, and the following 4 tests are recommended as a minimum:

1. Complete blood count.  This common test measures the number of red blood cells, white blood cells and blood platelets.  This information helps your vet to diagnose anemia, infections and leukemia.

2. Urinalysis.  The analysis of your pet’s urine is used to detect the presence of substances that usually don’t appear in urine such as protein, sugar, white blood cells or blood.  This test can help you vet diagnose urinary tract infections, diabetes, dehydration, kidney problems and many other conditions.

3. Blood-chemistry panel.  This measures electrolytes, enzymes and chemical elements such as calcium and phosphorus.  This will help your vet determine if many vital organs such as the kidneys, pancreas and liver are functioning properly. 

4. Parasite evaluation.  Microscopic examination of your pet’s feces can provide information about many diseases, difficulty with digestion, internal bleeding, and disorders of the pancreas.  Most importantly it can confirm the presence of intestinal parasites sich as roundworm, hookworm, whipworm, tapeworm and giardia.

Don’t put off a bi-annual trip to the vet for your furry friend.  It can make the difference between healthy golden years together, or ones filled with pain and illness.  If you are looking for a Dog Cremation Urn, look for a personalized one and create a special pet memorial for your lost loved one.

10:01 24 August 2010

When does “Senior” Start?

So when should you consider your pet a “Senior”?  There are endless varieties of senior foods, supplements, beds, etc.  So when does your pet qualify for this new title in life?
Usually smaller breeds of animals live longer than larger ones, and cats usually live longer than dogs.  The life span of your beloved companion animal will vary with each individual, so your veterinarian will be the best source of advice.  He/she will be able to determine what stage of life your furry friend is currently in and can help you and your pet transition into each one according to size, breed and age. 

Keep in mind that some breeds of dogs are considered “Senior” between ages 10-13, but giant breeds can reach that as early as 5.  Recognizing the “golden years” as a pet owner is very important.  We need to be cognisant of our friends starting to slow down a bit, and watch for the signs of arthritis and other age-related disorders.  Scheduling regular vet exams is one of the most important things we can do to keep our pets in top condition.  Especially as our pets age, these exams become even more important than ever.  The AAHA recommends that healthy senior dogs and cats  have a check up every 6 months – which is equivalent to every 5-7 human years.  Client education and complete laboratory testing to make sure all of your pet’s body systems are functioning properly are the key to Senior health exams.

Pet Memorial Stones are a way you can pay tribute to your loved one.  You can have them laser etched with a photo, dates and personal tribute and they last for generations.

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.