Posts Tagged ‘pet cremation urns’

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6:53 1 September 2010

Reactions to Grieving

We all grieve differently and we all react to grief in our own unique way.  If you have lost a human or companion animal that was very close to you, you may feel cheated out of the time you still wanted to spend with that individual.  You may find it hard to express this grief even to other family members who are also grieving this loss.

Some people hold back their emotions or grief  and avoid even talking about their loss in an attempt to keep others from becoming sad too.  Just as people feel grief in different ways, they handle it differently too.  Some people like to reach out to others for support and find comfort in talking about the good times they shared together.  Others withdraw and become “busy” occupying their minds with different things so they don’t  think about their loss.   Some will avoid different places or situations that remind them of  their lost loved one.  Others will not feel like talking about it at all because there are not words to express or describe such deep and personal emotion.  And, they wonder if talking about it will make  them hurt even more. 

Others may deal with sorrow by engaging in dangerous or self-destructive activities.  Losing themselves in drugs, alcohol, or cutting themselves may seem to help escape the pain and numb the reality of the loss, but it is only temporary.  Not dealing with the pain and loss will only mask it and will make all of those feelings build up inside and will only prolong the grief.

If your pain seems to get worse and has been going on for a very long time, tell someone you can confide in and trust about how you feel.  Let your emotions out and don’t keep them bottled up inside.  It is an important step in the healing process.   

A personalized Dog Cremation Urn is one way to pay your devotions to your lost Canine Companion, and a way you can express your deep love for him/her.

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10:31 31 August 2010

Grieving a loss

Grieving can be very different for everyone.  It is as individual as you are, and you will grieve differently from your friends and even your close family members.  It is also not just common among adults, but very small children can grieve as well.  Grief is an emotional, physical and spiritual response to a death or a loss in your life.  Grief hurts, but is is a necessary response to loss, change or disappointment.  It is very natural and highly individual.  Each time you grieve for someone or some loss in your life, it may be different.  Your current grief will be influenced by your age, your religious beliefs, previous experiences and your relationship to the person or pet you have just lost.  The age and circumstances of the deceased will also influence how you grieve. 

When death or a loss turns your world upside down, grief is the process necessary to help you put it all back together again. There are many symptoms to grief, and you may experience them differently with each loss in your life.  Sometimes we don’t  grieve over a loss of another person as intensely as we grieve over the loss of a beloved pet.  Some people describe grief happening in stages, but it may also feel more like “waves” or cycles that come and go depending on what you are doing at this time of your life.

The grieving process takes time and the healing process happens slowly and gradually.  Allow yourself time to heal and don’t be critical of yourself.  Create a personal tribute or a Pet Memorial to your lost loved one.  Include in it your feelings, the things you did together and the time you shared with one another.

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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.

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11:34 25 August 2010

Sensory Changes with Age

Pets also experience sensory changes as they age.  These changes may be so subtle you may not notice them unless you are paying close attention.  With the Senior Years, also comes a general “slowing down” in animals.  As their major senses (sight, taste, touch, smell and hearing) begin to dull with age, you may find that your furry friend may have a slower response to external stimuli.  This loss of sensory perception is often a slow, progressive progress, and the best remedy for gradual sensory reduction is to keep your pet active.  Playing and working training exercises are an excellent way to keep your pet’s senses sharp. 

Pets may also be affected mentally as they age – just like humans they may begin to forget things and are susceptible to mental conditions.   They may also begin to confront age-related congnitive and behavior changes.  Most of these changes in your pet are rather subtle and can be addressed in a proactive manner.  Regular senior exams by your vet can catch and treat these problems before they become a problem and control your pet’s life. 

When looking for a Dog Urn or Cat Urn or any other Pet Urn, make sure you get one that is one cubic inch for every pound your pet weighs.

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10:17 24 August 2010

Pain – The Fourth Vital Sign

Pets experience pain just like humans do, and it is our job as pet owners to manage their pain as best we can.  The AAHA recommends that veterinarians take the appropriate steps to indentify, prevent and minimize pain in all senior dogs and cats.  The AAHA guidelines also encourage vets to use pain assessment as the Fourth Vital Sign – along with Temperature, Pulse and Respiration. 

There are different types of pain:  Acute pain – it comes on suddenly as a result of injury, surgery or infection, or Chronic Pain – which is long lasting and usually develops slowly such as arthritis.  YOU as a pet owner play the key role in monitoring your pet to ensure your pet lives comfortably during the senior stage of life.  It is critical to work closely with your vet to tailor a wellness plan that is best suited to your dog or cat.  Always monitor behavior and physical changes and report them to your vet.  By working together you can help your pet move into the twilight years with ease.

Dog Urns and Cat Urns are a personally way to pay tribute to your lost loved one.

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10:55 11 March 2010

Children and Euthanasia

bunny 12x8 simIt is very hard for parents to try to explain to their children, and accept the fact that is it time for their beloved pet to die.   Many parents make the mistake of trying to protect their children from grief, and make many mistakes by doing so.  If you try to minimize or avoid the pain caused by the death of a companion animal, you will miss the opportunity to teach your children a very powerful lesson in coping with the painful reality of death.

Children can be helped to cope effectively with difficult life experiences, provided we take into consideration what the pet meant to the child, take into account his/her developmental understanding of death, and carefully plan how your family pet’s euthanasia is presented to them.  Here are some suggestions:

1. Be open and honest.  If the pet is terminally ill and death is pending, do not wait to tell your child.  Let them hear it from you, not from someone else.  If they ever discover you distorted the truth or lied to them, they will have a hard time trusing you again.
2. Let them know that grief is normal and explain to them how they may feel after the pet has passed.  Let them know it is alright to feel sad.
3. Tell them the reason euthanasia is necessary ie. the pet’s body is worn out, there has been an accident, the pet is very sick.  The pet’s body cannot be fixed.
4.  Don’t use the phrases “passed on” “left us” or “gone on”.   Such phrases imply the pet is on a trip and will return, and may leave the child feeling rejected or abandoned.
5. Include the children in the euthanasia decision.  Let them help you create a personal tribute to your beloved friend.  Having a Pet Headstone made in the pet’s memorial gives a child the opportunity to say good-bye.

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3:20 9 March 2010

Honor the Memory

Leaf swirl locketTo properly memorialize our beloved companion animals, is to honor and acknowledge the important role they played in our lives.  It is to bring comfort to ourselves and others, and to help keep their love and presence in our hearts. 

There are many ways we can memorialize our pets.  We can write about them in a journal, or make a scrapbook  or photo album full of pictures of them and the things we did together.
We can plant a living memorial in their honor, even if it is only in the backyard.  We can have a meaningful memorial service, funeral or ritual – simple or elaborate in nature.  Or we can simply make a donation to a charitable animal organization in our pet’s name.

Each person, each family, will honor the life of their pet in theri own personal way.  One way to keep your lost loved one close to your heart is by putting your pet’s ashes in a beautiful piece of Pet Memorial Jewelry.

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10:29 9 March 2010

Bonds with Companion Animals

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The human-animal bond is much stronger than most  people can describe in words.  It goes way beyond the life you have spent together, and is usually much stronger than any human bond you have experienced – except perhaps with a child. 

How attached we become to our animals is as individual as we are, but the deep bonds we develop are vailid, worthy of understanding and  explain the intense pain we feel when our beloved pet is gone. 

When a cherished companion animal is taken from you, take some time to think about and remember how closely you were attached to one another.  It is only after we identify how much our friends mean to us and recognize how much we’ve lost, can we begin to understand why pet loss hurts so much.  A Dog Cremation Urn is an appropriate,  personal way to memorialize your lost loved one.

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10:14 9 March 2010

Pets – a Healthier Lifestyle

73832862Beyond companionship, pets add so much more to our lives than we realize.  Medical researchers are finding that people who own a pet are healthier and happier.  Touching, holding, stroking and caring for a companion animal – even just watching an animal in their natural habitat has many health benefits.  It can lower your blood pressure, decrease your heart rate, alleviate stress and loneliness,  and encourage regular exercise.  There are many other too, none of which are trivial or without value.

For shy or awkward people, pets act as a conversation tool and help them adjust to social situations.  Patients in rehab units who are comatose or autistic have responded to visiting animals even though humans were not been able to reach them.  Companion animals lift the spirits of the ill, the elderly, and those in hospitals and nursing homes.  They also serve as the eyes and ears for the handicapped.

A pet lover has well coined the phrase:  “Pets are not our whole lives, but they make our lives whole.”  As you bid farewell to your companion animal that has greatly enhanced your life and health, consider a personal Cat Urn as a proper way to say “Good-bye”.

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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.