For most of my life I have had a cat or two own me. I love cats and they somehow seem to make their way into my life. Currently I only have my beautiful 17 year old Amber. I am very lucky that Amber is in good health, and people normally cannot believe how old she is.
Recently a friend saved a rescue kitten and she suddenly panicked when she realized she actually was not really sure on how to care for her new fur baby. She came to me for some advice, as she said she didn’t think luck had that much to do with it, she believed Amber was so healthy for her age as she has been well cared for.
When I had run through the list of basics on how to care for her new kitten, I realized that what was second nature to me, was a learning curve to her, as she had never owned a cat before.
This got me thinking on how to help people look after their cats, so I decided to write this blog on tips for keeping your cat healthy.
Our pets are such a big part of our families that when we have to say goodbye to them, they are truly missed. The void left in our lives after a pet has died can be immense and it is now understood that people mourn for their pets in a similar manner to mourning for a human. We no longer tolerate our pets bodies to be thrown out with the trash, and it is more accepted by society now to have your pet buried, or cremated.
One of the ways to help move on and start the healing process is to ensure that we can always have our pet near us. They may have left in body, but their spirit will always linger near.
If you have chosen to have your pets body cremated, the next choice facing you will be to make a decision on what to do with their ashes or cremains.
Sadly a number of people are left with a financial strain after losing a pet, as they may have had vet bills to pay, as well as the cost of the cremation. Fortunately you do have the option to keep your pets cremains in a safe place until you can decide on an urn to store them in.
There are so many urns to chose from, in a variety of styles, materials and prices that I thought I would dedicate this post to reviewing lovely but cheap pet urns.
So read on to find my pick of the best urns to keep your spirit friends ashes near to you without breaking the bank.
Diamonds are precious and so are our pets. Actually I have a confession, I would probably give away my Diamond ring if it meant I could save my pet. Fortunately this is not a choice I have had to make, however, the sad reality is that we normally outlive our pets. Whenever possible I have had my pets cremated, and their ashes scattered. Recently I lost my 17 year old cat, and though he is buried in our yard, I wanted to find a way to keep him close to my heart.
I went online to search for a truly precious memorial for him, one that would be as individual and unique as he was, and represent the love he gave unconditionally to our family.
After spending hours searching I was starting to feel disheartened as it would appear that finding a unique pet memorial is not as easy as I had initially thought. I was about to walk away disheartened when I came across Heart In Diamond, and was immediately intrigued, I realized I may have found what I was looking for.
So what was I actually looking at, and how can a Diamond be a unique memorial for my pet? More Importantly, if you have had to face the sad and heart wrenching loss of a pet, would a beautiful Diamond immortalizing your pet be the right choice for you?
Discovering Heart In Diamond
Heart in Diamond offers you an amazing opportunity to have your pets hair or ashes immortalized in a special Diamond, which can then be set into a jewelry setting of your choice.
Now I will admit I did not actually believe this was possible at first, however, curiosity got the better of me and I set out to find out all I could about Heart In Diamond.
How Are The Diamonds Made?
Heart In Diamond has been in the Diamond industry for over 10 years. The diamonds are created in their highly customized and sophisticated laboratories, using a patented method that will give you a totally unique and beautifully cultured Diamond. Compared to naturally mined diamonds, these diamonds are Eco friendly. bloodless and 30 – 35% less expensive.
What makes these diamonds so precious is that you are able to add your pets ashes or hair to the Diamond, and this is what shapes the finished Diamond and makes it absolutely unique to you. The Diamond is shaped to be linked to you by the process of using the carbon from the hair, or ashes (cremains), of your loved pet.
Laboratory created diamonds (also referred to as man made diamonds)
possess the identical chemical, optical, and physical properties of
Earth-mined diamonds. The ‘rough Diamond’ that is grown in the laboratory is polished and cut to the owners specifications. While they may have been grown in a lab, they are real, certified diamonds.
Eco Friendly and Socially Responsible Diamonds
Having traveled and lived in a number of countries where I have seen firsthand the negative effect the Diamond trade can have on the environment and even used to fund armed campaigns, using this system to grow my personal Diamond is the only option for me. These diamonds are free from environmental harm and unethical labor or trade practices, resulting in a Diamond that is as peaceful as the gems themselves.
Are All The Diamonds The Same?
Each Diamond is unique, you are able to choose the size, cut, colour and setting, leaving you with a Diamond that will always be special to you. As these diamonds contain carbon that is uniquely from your pet, they essentially contain the essence of life, and can not be duplicated.
Is There A Limit To Whose Carbon Can Be Used To Create The Diamond?
The process of creating a Heart In Diamonds, diamond allows you to add the hair from any your pets, or even from your family, while they are still alive, to create an incredibly unique and precious diamond that captures the spirit of your entire family.
As my beloved cat has been buried and I sadly do not have any of his fur available, having him immortalized in a Diamond is not an option for me. However, I do have a second cat that has been with us for 18 years, and I am now collecting her fur to keep safe for when I am ready to have my Diamond created. The exciting aspect for me is that I can include the hair from my husband, my son and myself to make this a wonderful family diamond that contains links to all my loved and precious ones.
Do I Have To Have My Diamond Set In A Piece Of Jewelry?
Heart In Diamond offers a number of different choices to suit you. They have over 500 different jewelry options you can choose from, including settings in both 14 karat and 18 karat white, yellow gold and platinum. They have a stunning choice of rings, pendants and earrings you can choose from.
If setting your Diamond into a piece jewelry is not for you, you can choose to have a loose cut Diamond.
How Do I Know My Diamond Is Unique And A Real Creation?
This, was, one of my first questions, and one that every customer should ask. On completion of your diamond you will be provided with a certificate of authenticity that guarantees that your diamond is physically, optically and chemically identical to a diamond taken from the Earth. A full diamond grading report is also included.
Every Diamond produced is issued has a certificate of authenticity that guarantees that your cremation diamond is physically, optically, and chemically identical to a diamond taken from the Earth. It also includes a full diamond grading report. Further, to this each diamond includes a unique ID which is laser inscribed into the diamond.
The diamonds do come with a lifetime guarantee, however, you must read the Heart In Diamond policy to see what it is not covered for, situations such as theft as an example.
I Love This But I Am Sure I Cannot Afford One
Heart In Diamonds cost 30 – 35% less than a real diamond, as they are grown in a controlled environment. There are a number of payment plans on offer and the cost of the Diamond varies depending on what you have requested. I was pleasantly surprised at how affordable these diamonds are. You will need to click this link and take a look at their website to decide on a price range suitable to you.
Dreaming Of My Diamonds
Having worked in the pet cremation industry for a number of years, I had never come across anything so heart-warming and special as a unique diamond, created for and by our loved ones. I am in love with the idea that I can immortalize my pet in such a personal manner.
Off on a side note, I have also discovered that I can have a Diamond created for me to celebrate my son, now while he is alive, and he will know I will always have him close to my heart. I did not create a piece of jewelry when he was born and now I am really pleased as I can use Heart In Diamond to shape an heirloom piece of jewelry that is one hundred percent unique to us.
I will leave you with this video from Heart In Diamond, I am sure you will enjoy it as much as I did.
Please contact me or leave a comment if you want any further information.
“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” – Anatole France
Dealing with the thought of having to have a pet euthanized can be devastating, here is blog I wrote to help you through this emotional time.
The year is flying by and we are already in the month of May. What is important about May to me is that it is Lyme Disease Prevention Month. If, you own a dog or cat, or even come into regular contact with dogs, or cats, this article is a must read.
Lyme Disease, is what is known as a zoonatic illness, meaning it can affect both humans and animals.
Lyme Disease in Humans
Lyme disease is an infectious disease caused by a bacterium known as Borrelia and is spread by ticks. It is an illness carried in the blood. The most common reaction after being bitten is a swelling and redness around the tick bite, which normally only appears about a week after being bitten. It is not normally itchy or painful. Further early symptoms may include headaches, fever and tiredness. If left untreated the symptoms may escalate to severe headaches, memory loss, joint pain, loss of the ability to move either one or both sides of your face, and in some cases’ heart palpitations.
Lyme disease can cause you to have repeated joint pain and swelling months to years later.
Diagnosing and Treatment Of Lyme Disease
Diagnoses of Lyme Disease will be based on your symptoms, exposure to ticks, and blood tests. Blood tests can be negative in the early stages of the disease.
Antibiotics are used to treat Lyme Disease and the standard treatment can last from two to three weeks.
How Is Lyme Disease Spread
Lyme disease can only be transmitted to you through a tick bite. Certain species of ticks carry the Borrelia bacteria.
It cannot be passed from human to human, or from an animal to a human. It also does not appear to be passed on through food.
Preventing Lyme Disease Starts With You
We all know the old saying, prevention is better than a cure. There is a number of steps you can take to help prevent Lyme Disease.
Protect Yourself from being bitten – this can be done by wearing long sleeved shirts, and trousers if you are out in the bush, or walking through long grass. This helps to prevent the tick from latching onto hairs on your skin.
You can also use insect repellents that are known to repel ticks. Whenever we went out bush, on returning we would always do a thorough check of our bodies to make sure we were tick free. If, you do have a tick on your body use a tweezers to gently remove it.
Preventing Lyme Disease In Your Animals
There area number of steps you can take to keep your pets tick free. These include the following:-
Regularly checking their coats for ticks, removing and destroying any you may find.
Avoid taking your pets for walk in long grass, woody areas, marshes or thick brush. The tick normally has to be attached between 24 to 48 hours before it can spread the disease.
Talk to your vet about using a Lyme Disease preventative vaccine. Your vet should be able to advise if it is necessary in your area, and which is the correct one for your animal.
Ask your vet about using a recommended tick preventative. These come in different forms. A chew-able tablet is probably the most simple, they are meaty flavored and hopefully your pet will love the taste. If not you can try wrapping them in meat.
You can put a tick prevention collar on your pet, they normally last a couple of months and can be worn at all times.They can even be left on if your pet goes into water.
A topical gel may be applied between your pets shoulders. You must ensure that your pet cannot lick this cream or gel off themselves. Ask your vet about keeping your pet safe if you use a topical treatment.
Removing A Tick From Your Pet
Giving your pet a regular check for ticks should be a habit. If, you do find a tick on them, do not just pull the tick off. It is recommended that you first wipe the area with rubbing alcohol. Get a pair of pointy tweezers and place them as close as possible to the ticks head. Pull gently and slowly, and try to pull the tick off in a straight up line, not to the side. You are trying to prevent the tick breaking off inside your pet. Give the bite another wipe with rubbing alcohol. Be sure to kill the tick, I used to keep a bowl of hot water handy and drop them in.
Year Round Prevention
While you may not need to vaccinate your pet, or apply tick prevention medicine, all year round, do check with your vet to see when protection is needed. However, ticks thrive in hot weather, but they can still be around in the cooler months. Do not stop checking your animals for ticks just because the temperature has dropped. In this blog I explain a natural remedy for repelling ticks for both humans and animals.
You never want a tick hitching a ride home with you or your pet. Do not put out the welcome mat, keep up yearly prevention.
Symptoms and Treatment of Lyme Disease In Your Pet
These are similar to the symptoms in a human. They include loss of appetite, fever, reduced energy, swelling of joints, generalized discomfort, pain or stiffness, and lameness. If left untreated Lyme disease can lead to kidney failure and is unfortunately a common illness in our pets.
Your vet will observe your pet, and probably carry out two blood tests. The illness will normally show up in the blood between 2 to 3 weeks after the bite. Your vet will determine if treatment is necessary, this is normally a course of antibiotics.
Covering the Cost Of Keeping Our Pets Healthy
Tick season can become expensive, I would strongly suggest you consider purchasing insurance to help with the cost of vaccinations and any vet expenses that may occur from your pet getting Lyme Disease. Click this link to find our more about Lyme Disease and how Embrace Pet Insurers can help you.
Please leave a comment and share any ideas you may have for tick prevention, with me.
“Some angels choose fur instead of wings” – author unknown.
Having a list of books to refer to and that you can read to your child on How to deal with the death of a pet, is one of the ways experts recommend helping them work through their grief.
Coping with the loss of a pet involves coping with the emotions surrounding the pet and then accepting these emotions to move towards healing. Children’s emotions can be strongly determined according to their age group. Having reading matter to help them deal with their grief is a recommended tool to use.
For ease of use I have included a link to each book, to Amazon, to make purchasing it easier for you. Just click on the picture of the book you are interested in.
The Invisible String
While this book is not aimed directly at pet loss, it has sold over 40 000 copies and offers the perfect tool for dealing with grief, separation anxiety and loss. Click the image for a full review of this incredible story.
Healing A Child’s Pet Loss Grief: A Guide for Parents
This is a comprehensive book that deals with all aspects of pet loss. The author is a qualified Pet Loss Grief Expert, and uses her personal experiences to deliver the tools necessary to help cope with pet loss and how to move forward. Click the image for a full review of this book.
The Rainbow Bridge: A Visit to Pet Paradise
This is a magical story for pet lovers of all ages. Adrian Raeside captures the special bond between humans and their pets,
and with marvelous illustrations, brings a gentle humour to a story that will resonate with children and pet lovers of all ages. Click the image for more information.
This book is a comfort to readers young and old who have lost a dog. There is a companion book, Cat Heaven, if you have a lost a cat. Learn more by clicking the picture.
Sad Isn’t Bad: A Good-Grief Guidebook for Kids Dealing With Loss
This book offers a comforting look at loss and healing, for more information click on the picture.
Finley Finds Heaven
A look at how an 8-year old handled the death of his dog, for more information click on the picture.
My Heart Hurts: A Grief Workbook for Children
While not strictly aimed at pet loss, this is an amazing book to help children and adults work through grief. For more details click on the image.
Saying Goodbye to Lulu
This is a tender book about a young girl coming to terms with the fact that she will have to say goodbye to her dog Lulu. For a fuller review please click on the photo.
There are a large selection of books available to help guide you and your child through the grieving process. This is a small list, but one that I hope will help you, and if you do not find the book you are looking for it may help to guide you in the right direction.
Please let me know if any of these books have been of value to you, your comments are always appreciated.
When a pet dies, the effect on the whole family can be devastating. If it is the first time a child has experienced the death of a pet, it can be incredibly hard to know what to tell them and how to help the child to grieve.
We unfortunately live in a society that often expects us to move on from the process of dealing with grief in a very timely manner. This can have devastating repercussions for children trying to cope with grief, I have written a guide on what to say when a pet dies, from my personal experience. Please note I am not a qualified grief therapist, just a mother who loves animals and her child dearly.
A friend recently lost their puppy, which seems to make it worse somehow, and was at a loss on how to help their young daughter cope with her grief. They were inclined to take the most common approach by trying to not give their daughter too much information, hoping to soften the grief for her. They were worried she did not have the skills to cope with the knowledge that their puppy had died.
However, it appears that experts do not agree with this approach. The reason is they feel it may lead a child to stress more and not be able to fully comprehend what has happened, leaving too much mystery surrounding the pets’ death.
I thought I would start this journey into dealing with a child’s grief by relating my personal story about losing our cat a few months ago, and how our son reacted.
Our Loss of Felix – A Personal Story
Recently we lost our 17 year old cat, and I decided to talk to my nearly 6 year old son about our cat’s death in a simplified but direct and respectful manner. I explained that I would be taking Felix to the vet, and briefly how the vet would send him to sleep forever. We spoke about how Felix was old and no longer able to stand on his own, and in pain. Our son was given the chance to say goodbye, we were both crying our hearts out, but I believe this is healing in itself.
On returning home with the body of Felix, I asked our son if he would like to see him, and having a child’s natural curiosity he said he would. I think for him it cleared up any images in his imagination on what Felix may look like, especially when he realized that he just looked like he was asleep. Later when my husband came home and we buried Felix, our son was happy to see his Dad give Felix one last hug before saying goodbye, and laying him in the ground.
Now I am no expert on this matter, however, the direct approach, and de-mystifying our cats death has certainly seemed to help with our son’s grieving process. Apart from a duckling which we owned for about 18 hours this was the first encounter with death that he had experienced.
On the negative side, I have since read that I should not have said that we were putting Felix to sleep, as this is not the association you want your child to have with sleeping.
Jumping forward a few months and he is coping remarkably well, often having a chat to Felix when he passes his burial spot under the Oak Tree. I have also heard him chatting to his friends about Felix and explaining how the vet made him sleep, and how we had a funeral for him. By talking about Felix and his death, shows me my son has been able to process it, and understands what has happened. He may not fully comprehend that Felix will never be a living part of our family, however, he has processed his emotions about Felix incredibly well.
This may also be partly due to his age, as children’s ability to understand death is linked to their age.
Understanding How A Child’s Age May Affect Their Reaction
All children are unique and you as a parent will need to use your knowledge of your child when deciding how to help them cope with the loss of a pet. Other influencing factors will be if your child has had any prior experience with death and how it was dealt with. However, here is a general guide on how age affects their emotional and rational response.
Age 3 to 5, this age range of children do not have the same ability to understand death as an adult does. They more than likely believe it is not forever, and may believe you can do something to bring their pet back to life. Another factor to consider in this age group is your child may feel they were the reason the pet died when they did something like wishing for a different pet, say a dog instead of a cat.
Ages 6 to 8, at this stage your child may realize that death is permanent, but they probably do not realize it can happen to their pet. They may feel it only happens to someone else, so while they may understand the concept, they do not always understand what the reality will mean for them.
Ages 9 to 11, this age group of children are more likely to understand that death is permanent and inevitable. However, in this age range they may still take on some responsibility for the pets’ death, like believing if they had played more with the pet it may not have died.
What To Say When A Pet Has Died
The experts advise to be as honest and direct as you can. However, do not feel like you need to go into too much detail. Give them the basics that they need to process the death without it being surrounded by mystery. So instead of saying to my son, we are putting Felix to sleep, I should have said that the vet was going to help Felix to die.
Do not paint a vivid picture of the death of your pet, especially if it was in a violent situation, you child does not need to have this type of image in their heads. It is okay to tell your child that their pet was killed on the road, but they do not need anymore detail
It is recommended that you pass on the news of a pet dying to your child as soon as possible. Once you have told them, give them a chance to ask questions, and answer as briefly and honestly as you can. Listening to their questions can really guide you on how they are feeling and processing the information. Listen to any suggestions they may have to bury your pet, or how they need to deal with the loss moving forward. This is especially relevant to older children.
I asked my son if he wanted to write a letter to Felix, which we ended up doing together. We have continued to chat about Felix in our everyday lives. and we openly say we miss him. I have seen my son move from being teary when we talked about Felix, to now remembering some of the good times and relating those with a smile.
One thing that the expert do note is that if your child continues asking questions, and they appear to want a more graphic description of the pets’ death, this may actually be their way of seeking comfort. They are not necessarily wanting the answers to their questions, but are after further comforting. Do try to make the death sound as peaceful as you can.
Older children may ask for details on the Euthanasia process. If they ask to be present, you may want to take them to the vet to discuss this and let the vet explain the process to them. Another option will be to allow them into the room immediately after the pet has been euthanized and they can then say goodbye.
Explaining euthanasia to a child under the age of 5 is not advised. You can instead tell them that the vet will be stopping your pet from having pain, or that the vet will not be hurting the pet but instead helping it.
Children React Differently To Grief
I overheard a parent chatting at school that she was concerned as their child did not seem to be displaying grief over the loss of their pet. This is a fairly common response in children and again their response can be related to their age.
The thing to bear in mind in this situation is that we all show grief in a multitude of ways. This is especially true for children. Younger children may appear to over react and then under react. So one moment they may be in tears and then not long after off running around and playing. This is normal and playing is one way to help them deal with the grief.
Help, my older child is asking very morbid questions, what should I do? Again, this is often the response of children in a 7 to 9 year age group. They are very curious and want details. It is suggested that you answer them as directly as possible and move on.
It is important to understand that all children do react to grief, however, as we are all individuals they will react differently. Your support, time and having an open and honest approach to their questions is the way forward to helping them cope.
Further Steps You Can Take To Help Your Child Cope
There are a number of further steps you can take to help your child cope, from writing letters, to marking their grave site, to making an album, or planting a tree. I will be writing another blog about this topic as it is too in depth to cover here.
I do want to touch on reading to your child. This is an immediate way to help them cope, and is a very successful way of dealing with death and grief. There are a number of books available to chose from, and I will include a list at the end of this blog.
Please do be aware that not all books are appropriate and they may have a religious leaning that may not be acceptable to you. I would suggest reading through a book first to make sure you agree with the message and they way it deals with grief. You do not want a book that promotes misconceptions about death. It is also good to look for books that show grief, sadness and how to deal with it. Remember you always have the option of leaving out any bits that you do not feel are suitable for your child.
Your child may start to ask for another pet soon after your pet has died. It is advised not to jump into buying another pet immediately. Give your child time to grieve and heal. You can in this time start to discuss another pet, and get your child involved in the process of choosing another pet. This includes deciding on what type of pet to get, the breed it if is a dog, the pets’ name, if you will get a rescue pet and any other relevant information.
In conclusion, I have said it already, but the big factor in dealing with your child’s grief is to remember that we are all unique, listen to them and answer in an honest and caring manner.
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Below is a list of books to help children deal with their grief, if you would like to recommend any, please leave a comment.
“Whoever said you can’t buy happiness, forgot little puppies.” – Gene Hill
Losing a pet is never easy, they are more often than not, a valued and loved member of our family. Often when a pet leaves us we are not quite sure how to deal with their body. Fortunately one option available is Pet Cremation.
While human cremation has been around for over 42 000 years, pet cremation has only become more accepted in modern times, as society starts to understand and accept how much we love them and need treat their earthly remains with dignity.
Before we cover exactly what is pet cremation, let us have a quick stroll through the history of pet cremation.
A Walk Through Pet Cremation History
Surprisingly having your pet cremated is actually not a new business. It is interesting to read that archaeologists have discovered a cemetery in Palestine, that holds the cremated remains of over 1000 dogs, all in urns, and these date back as far as 332BC.
Moving on, modern cremation started closer to today. In 1873, Brunetti, an Italian Professor, produced what was probably the first modern crematorium. This led to the first Cremation Society being established in England in 1874.
Hartsdale Pet Cemetery and Crematorium, which opened in 1896, in the USA, is the oldest recognized pet crematorium, and there are now over 70 000 pets cremated and buried in its grounds.
However, it is only during the last two decades that Pet Cremation has become mainstream and more accepted by society. That said there is still a lot of confusion and misunderstanding surrounding the process and options available. Pet cremation has actually reached a global profit exceeding 100 million pounds in 2016, and it appears to be showing no signs of decreasing. These figures show that pet cremations are no longer a niche industry and have now truly moved into mainstream business.
Now that you have a small background on pet cremation, lets take a look at how pet cremations are actually done, what the process involves, what it means for your pets body, and finally what is your pets ashes consist of. These are things I often found during my time working in the pet cremation business people were actually reluctant to ask, however, curious they were to know.
How Is Pet Cremation Carried Out?
Your pet can me cremated in a regular crematorium, one designed for humans, or in a pet crematorium. A number of pet crematoriums are run and owned by family business that have a love of animals. From my experience in this industry I personally would choose a crematorium dedicated to animals only. To me this is the core business and your pet should get the best attention.
A representative of the pet crematorium will collect your pet, either from home or from the vet, depending on what arrangements you have made. Your pet will have, or should have been kept in refrigeration, if there is a delay in its body being collected. The crematorium will keep your pet in refrigeration until the scheduled time for their cremation, in order to stop their body decaying.
The Cremation Chamber and Process Explained
Cremation chambers operate at exceptionally high temperatures. They are normally around 1400 to 1800 degrees Fahrenheit. The pet will be subjected to these high temperatures in order to vaporize and reduce the bodies organic matter to dust and bones. In other words at the end of the cremation you are left with dust and the skeleton. The time the cremation will take depends on the size of the pet, and if you opted for a private cremation, or a mass cremation.
A manual and/or magnetic inspection will then be carried out to remove any foreign matter from the ashes. This includes items such as pet collars, tags, surgical pins or rods, and any other metal bits that may be in the ashes.
Pet Cremains or Ashes Explained
Your pets cremains will now be pulverized to turn them into sand like substance, this is what is commonly known as ashes. These will be placed in a marked sealed bag and returned to you.
Bearing in mind that the ashes are the ground up bones of your pet, the amount returned to you, will depend on the size of your pet. A large dog will have a far larger skeleton than say a small cat, and therefore, a larger bag of ashes.
The ashes are normally a pale colour, however, these may vary depending on whether your pet had any health conditions.
What is the Difference Between a Private of Mass Cremation
Most crematoriums will give you the option between having your pet privately cremated or placing them in a mass cremation.
Private Cremation – Your pet will be cremated on its own in the chamber. This will guarantee that it is 100% your pets remains that are returned to you. Private cremations are normally more expensive than mass ones.
Mass Cremation – Your pet will be placed in the chamber with other pets. Your pets position in the crematorium will be marked and referenced. This is to try to return as much of your pets ashes to you, however, with this type of cremation, you are not guaranteed getting only your pets cremains back. This is the less expensive options to have your pet cremated.
If you have a small pet, such as a bird, or guinea pig, or even a fish, they can be cremated. The crematorium will normally place what is termed pocket pets in a tin or container before cremating them. This is to ensure their skeleton and ashes are not sucked up into the chimney, and, as these animals have such a small frame, it will help to ensure that you are getting your pets ashes back.
Is Cremation the Choice For You?
To sum up, cremation is a fairly inexpensive and environmentally friendly way to deal with your pets body. You have a number choices when it comes to having the ashes returned to you. Alternatively you may choose to have them scattered in the pet crematoriums pet remembrance garden.
Always do your homework on the crematorium you are considering. While the majority of them are ethical, as with every business, you will get some that do not practice the correct procedures.
As a pet lover I am constantly looking for ways to manage their health and general well-being. A number of years ago, my lovely cat, started to go into kidney failure. He went onto prescribed medication, but we soon started to notice side effects. At this time I did not realize that I may have an alternative
approach to treat his condition. Sadly he has since passed on, but this experience has left me wondering about a more natural approach to my animals health, and what we could have done differently for him.
I have found that my husband and I are both looking after ourselves using a combination of traditional medicines and a more holistic approach to our health. More and more I found myself wondering about what holistic pet care is, and how can I make use of it. So if like me you are curious about this topic, keep reading and I will give you a broad explanation of holistic pet care.
What Is Holistic Pet Care?
In a nutshell holistic pet care is the use of alternative treatments and medicines to treat our animals. This can include treatments such as herbal medicine, acupuncture, homeopathy, massage, and chiropractic. This is by no means the full range of holistic treatment on offer for our pets’. Interesting, isn’t it, how similar it is to alternative treatments for us humans. Sadly diseases such as cancer are rapidly increasing in our pets’, especially dogs. Holistic pet care can be used in conjunction with other medicines, or on its own and is a less invasive form of treatment.
The good news is that a number of veterinarian practices are now starting to practice holistic medicine.
Holistic Veterinarians Moving With The Times
Fortunately there are now vets who are willing to embrace holistic practice into their treatments. They look at your pets’ overall health, and then work out a treatment plan that includes traditional medicine along with holistic treatments. Veterinarians will still rely on lab tests to assess your pets’ health. Going back to my cat, I knew he needed the medicine that had been prescribed to him, but I really did not know what to do about the side effects. I now understand that there is so much more we could have done for him if we had been aware of holistic care.
There are a number of different treatments that full under the banner of pet holistic care and I would like to share some of them with you in the following paragraphs.
Herbal Medicine For Our Pets
The good news is that our pets’ can tolerate most of the same herbal remedies that we can. However, there are some exceptions so you should always check first that what you are giving them is safe. An example is that cats do not tolerate garlic, it is actually really bad for them.
There are now herbal medicines to cover a wide range of ailments for our pets’, including for stress relief, constipation, itchy and dry skin, fleas, lungs diseases, arthritis and wounds, just to mention a few.
Getting the dosage right is really important, you want to make sure you have clear instructions on this, just the same as we need to know the right quantity of any medicine natural or not that we may take.
Not all the products available will be equal in terms of quality, so I would strongly suggest using a reputable brand and asking for advice, checking the label, and even speaking to the company if they are available to answer your questions. As always, your vet should be your first place to seek advice. Medication of any form, needs to be treated with respect.
Getting medicine that tastes yummy and you can fool your dogs or cats to easily swallow is an ongoing challenge. It is worth looking for medicine that your pet finds palatable.
Getting our cat to take medicine often resulted in me looking like I had experienced a run in with a cactus bush, needles everywhere. This moves me onto our next topic, but one that is fortunately not painful.
Acupuncture for Our Furry Friends
The prickly question, should you use acupuncture for your pets’? Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese practice, traced back to at least 2500 thousand years. It is a complimentary medical practice that involves stimulating certain parts of the body, often with a needle.
Vets that include holistic treatments may recommend acupuncture to help alleviate problems such as stress, blood flow and pain relief. Acupuncture will not adversely react with your pets’ medicines, making it ideal to use to help treat a number of illnesses.
If you are considering using acupuncture please make sure the acupuncturist is qualified and has a clean and hygienic practice.
Please Give Me A Massage
When we had our son, I realized how vital massage was in keeping him settled and happy. I used to give him daily massages after his bath. One day my old cat started to show signs of arthritis, and I decided to try gentle massage. I am actually a qualified masseur for humans and so have an idea on what to do. Felix, loved the massages and they certainly helped ease his pain.
Massage therapy uses hand on techniques to stimulate circulation, alleviate pain and relax muscles. Massage therapists can work out a therapy for your pet based on its individual needs and often work in conjunction with a veterinarian practice.
Massage therapy can be tried by anyone, there are a number of courses on the internet showing you how to do this. If you, want to try it yourself a quick chat to your vet may help to ensure you will not harm your pet.
Howl! My Back – Call In The Chiropracter
More and more vets are now starting to recommend chiropractic treatments for dogs. Aging pets’, working pets’ and those involved in intense training can all probably benefit from chiropractic treatment.
This involves spinal manipulation to realign a pets’ spine, by using therapy to move misplaced vertebrae back into their normal position, thus, releasing pressure on the surrounding nerve tissue. This will lead to the pain being relieved and the body will be able to naturally heal itself.
Spinal injuries and diseases can play havoc with your pets’ health, causing it to deteriorate quickly, and can severely affect posture and flexibility, movement and have an impact on the muscles and joints.
Generally if carried out correctly and by a qualified chiropractor there should be no harmful side effects to your pet.
Homeopathy Treatments – What is This?
Dogs and cats can benefit tremendously from using homeopathic medicine, which is a method of using natural substances to stimulate the body’s healing process. It concentrates on the care of the whole animal, using methods that are specific, sympathetic and gentle to the body’s needs.
Homeopathy is based on utilizing specially prepared herbs, minerals and other natural substances to treat certain conditions, including ailments such as allergies to diarrhea. It is based on strengthening your pets’ immune system. Please only use as recommended by your vet or a qualified homeopath.
So Is Holistic Pet Care An Option For Your Pet?
As the western world embraces alternative and less invasive treatments for ourselves, we are starting to realize that our pets’ can also benefit hugely from this form of therapy. Often we only become aware that our pets’ have an illness once they show signs. Holistic care can be used to help prevent the onset of some illnesses and certainly manage them in a less invasive manner and with fewer side effects than some traditional medication.
I have covered some, but by no means, all the holistic treatments now available to our beloved pets’. If,you, would like me to go into more detail about any of these treatments, or cover one I have not mentioned, please comment or send me an email.
As more and more veterinarians are embracing the parallel use of alternative medicine they are starting to become mainstream and therefore an easier option to consider. I would like to once again stress please be aware of the quality of any service you are seeking, it is important that whatever treatment you choose, it is ethical.
I strongly believe in holistic pet care for the health and love of my family.
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