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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“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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Are you looking to find out What Is Pet Insurance? You are not alone, over 63 000 searches are made a month on Google from people trying to find out more about pet insurance. I know I am one.
So let’s take an in depth look at pet insurance, and why you might need it.
Brief History of Pet Insurance
In 1890 the first pet insurance policy was written by Claes Virgin, focusing initially on horses and livestock. Britain sold its first pet insurance policy in 1947, and up until 2009 Britain had the second-highest rate of pet insurance in the world. Only Sweden was in front of them.
Did you know, in 1982, the first pet insurance policy was sold in the USA, and this was issued to Lassie, from the television program, sold to them by Veterinary Pet Insurance.
How Do Pet Policies Work?
Pet insurance is often believed to be a variation of human health insurance. This is not true, it actually is a form of property insurance. So what this means for you and me is that the pet insurance company will reimburse the owner after your pet has received the covered care. You would normally be required to pay the bill and then submit the claim to the insurance company.
Pet insurance primarily covers dogs, cats, horses and, in some cases, more exotic species of animals can obtain coverage.
What Do Policies Typically Cover?
Pet Insurance normally falls under two categories, non-lifetime and lifetime.
Non-lifetime will usually cover policy holders for most conditions suffered by their pets during the course of a policy year. However, this is the factor to note, on renewal the next year, anything that has been claimed on in the previous year, will not be included. So if your pet needs additional treatment for the claimed ailment, you will have to pay for it yourself.
Lifetime policies, is as the name states, meaning your pet will be covered for ongoing treatments throughout their lifetime. Unfortunately insurance cover is never this straightforward. Lifetime policies also have their limits and conditions. Some have limits per ‘condition’, others have limits ‘per condition per year’ and others ‘per year’ You really want to make sure you understand what you are buying so that you can make an informed decision. The best way to do this is to ask as many questions as you can when you are looking at the different policy options.
Companies will also often limit coverage for preexisting conditions, this is in order to eliminate fraudulent consumers. This give owners an incentive to insure very young animals, who are not expected to have high veterinary costs while they are young and healthy.
Additionally, there is normally a waiting period of no more than 14 days from the start of the policy before you can make a claim. This is to prevent claims for illnesses that had begun before the policy, but only had symptoms appear after the coverage had begun. So if you know your animal is sick, rushing to buy a policy before you take them to the vet, is not going to work.
If you are after a wider range of coverage, it is worthwhile to shop around. Some pet insurers now cover for options that are not directly associated with pet health. These can include travel cancellation if an owner needs to stay with a pet who needs urgent treatment or are dying. You can also find coverage for boarding costs for animals whose owners are hospitalized, and even costs associated with retrieving lost pets, such as rewards or posters.
In Britain some policies offer a third-party liability insurance. So if your dog causes a car accident that damages a vehicle, the insurer will pay to rectify the damage for which the owner is responsible. My brother once had a dog that was a master at escaping the yard, and boy could he run and dodge you, I think this would have been a very necessary insurance for them to have.
General Guide To The Fee Structure & What Treatments May Be Covered
United States and Canada – these two countries have policies that either pay off a benefit schedule or pay a percentage of the vet costs. This could be 70-100% after reaching a deductible, this is dependent on the company and the policy. So if you have taken your pet to the vet, you usually have to pay the bill and then send in a claim form and receive reimbursement. Some veterinarians may allow you to put off payment until the insurance claim has been processed, especially is the bill is very high. Occasionally some insurance companies may pay the veterinarian directly, however, this is not the normal practice. In America and Canada most policies will require you to submit a request for fees incurred.
United Kingdom – Pet Insurance policies can differ here, in that UK policies may be 100% of the vet fees, again this is dependent on the company and your policy. A number of companies will offer a discounted policy and you are asked to pay the “excess”, this is similar to motor insurance.
Some insurance companies are now starting to offer comprehensive coverage. Previously most insurance plans did not pay for preventative care, including vaccinations, or elective procedures, such as neutering. Now you can get these covered under the comprehensive coverage, and they could also include such treatments as prescription drugs, dental care, physiotherapy and even acupuncture.
Pet insurers are becoming more flexible and are starting to offer the pet owner a wider range of options to draw up an insurance plan that is better suited to them. There are now options to choose your own level of deductible or co-insurance. What this means is you may get to choose how much out-of-pocket expenses you are prepared to pay, this could reduce the cost of your policy.
Typically, dogs and cats are covered, however, if you do have other pets, you may have to look around for insurance companies who will cover them.
Another factor to consider when looking for suitable insurances is whether congenital and hereditary conditions are covered. These include conditions such as heart defects, eye cataracts, hip dyslplasia and diabetes.
Do You Have A Better Understanding of Pet Insurance?
Pet Insurance and what is covered is a diverse and growing industry. When you are looking for cover a number of factors will come into play. These include the type of pet you have, for dogs, if they are a certain breed, the age of your pet and certain congenital and hereditary factors. What type of cover you are after, and where you live all determine your options.
While this is a general guide to Pet Insurance, I hope it will help you to gain a better understanding of what pet insurance is and how to go about looking for the correct policy for you and your pet.
Any further insights and comments can be left below. If you would like a further explanation, leave a comment and I will try to help you.
Following on from my blogging about Pet Memorial Gifts, I would like to share with you 5 remembrance gifts I have chosen to review.
I am focusing on cats, dogs and small pets for this review. It is my hope that this Pet Remembrance Gifts Review helps you to choose a suitable gift for someone who may have lost a pet, or even as a gift for yourself.
By giving someone a gift when they are grieving for a spirit pet, you are showing that you understand their grief, and want to share with them a way to remember their pet that brings happy memories.
I have chosen a broad range of gifts to share with you, let me know which is your favourite, and any ideas you have to add to the list, or suggestions you may want me to review in the future.
Humane Goods 25” Pet Memorial Rainbow Bridge Wind Chime
I have chosen to share this incredibly beautiful Rainbow Bridge Wind Chime with you as it is unusual, has movement and life to it. I also love the Over the Rainbow Bridge Poem, you can read it here on my site. This wind chime is suitable to remember a dog, cat or any other pet that has crossed over the rainbow bridge.
This wind chime is made from quality materials and has a beautiful sound. Each chime has a special remembrance seal at the bottom, which catches the wind for each separate sound.
It is 25 inches long.
This chime comes ready assembled, and is easy to hang both indoors or outdoors.
The chimes are made out of thick quality metal and are tuned to let out a lovely ring.
The wind catcher at the bottom, has “Meet me under the rainbow bridge” inscribed on it.
The company selling the chimes is responsive and will answer any queries.
The chimes come beautifully packaged and are incredibly good value!
Overall they represent a fun and vibrant way to remember a special fur friend.
100% SATISFACTION GUARANTEE- You will get your money back if you’re unhappy for any reason.
Pawprints Left by You Pet Memorial Blanket with Heartfelt Sentiment
This is a practical but, oh so lovely, and unique gift to remember that special pet by. It is a snugly, warm and comfy gray throw blanket which would make an ideal pet memorial gift for the loss of dog or cat, and would remind the pet owner of the warmth and love of the lost companion.
60″ x 50″ gray plush super soft fleece blanketwith heartfelt “Pawprints Left By You ” sentiment (copyright TeriHarrison)
The blanket has a red heart printed on under the sentiment.
This high quality 300gsm, 100% polyester blanket is machine washable.
It comes in a ready to gift packaging and has a card insert to allow you to personalize your condolences.
The “Pawprints Left By You ” sentiment is a perfect way to express the feeling of someone who lost their loyal pet.
This gift can be personalized by having it embroidered with a personal message, or the name of the pet. You would have to arrange to have this done yourself.
When I first started reviewing pet remembrance gifts, I will have to admit that I had no idea how large the selection is. It would be easy to feel overwhelmed trying to make a choice, so I hope that these 5 items I have reviewed will help to narrow it down, therefore, making the search for the perfect gift a pleasant one.
Please let me know if you are looking for a pet memorial gift and feel that any of these items would be suitable. If you have bought a pet memorial gift before I would love to hear about it. Thank you for comments and feedback, they are what keep me inspired to bring you quality content.
I will leave you with this quote:-
“The better I get to know men, the more I find myself loving dogs.”
Having a pet means you are responsible for their total health and well-being. Sadly this can become very expensive, especially if you have more than one pet.
I had a cat, Felix actually, that was going into kidney failure and his monthly
medication was over $100! Not only was it expensive but I thought I could notice some bad side effects. We went on holiday and the kind people who house sat for us told me they had ended up putting their cat on a natural remedy that cost less and did not appear to have such severe side effects. As kidney failure is obviously life threatening I made the decision to stay with the vet’s medication, and learn to ease the side effects. I was too worried to try a natural remedy for such a severe condition. However, it did make me realize that there are alternative treatments we can use on our pets for less severe conditions.
I decided to do some research and have finally started my Page to include this aspect of animal care. Here is my first blog on natural remedies for pets, I hope you find it useful.
Following are some simple treatments you can take into your own hands, mainly using products you probably already have at home. Hopefully this will help to keep your vet bill in check and at the same time give a greener approach to health care for your animals, think less packaging, and synthetic ingredients.
Fleas and More Fleas
We recently moved into a very old house, where the previous tenants had indoor dogs, and did not do much if any housework. A few weeks later we had a flea infestation, not good. I am happy to report we have now got rid of the little biting blighters. Getting rid of fleas requires treating both your home and your pets, Here are some natural based ideas to do this.
Fleas don’t like water, so a dip in a bath, with maybe a gentle shampoo, will have the effect of causing the fleas to drop off your pet.
Lemon Spray For Dogs
A lemon spray has two advantages, it will keep fleas at bay and will condition your dogs coat. Please avoid spraying around your dogs eyes.
Mix slices of lemon to 1pint/1/2 litre/2 cups boiling water and leave the mixture to cool by letting it stand overnight. Strain and pour into a spray bottle, don’t forget to label it. Spray liberally onto your dog, fleas have a waxy coating and when this liquid is sprayed onto the animals fur it prevents the flea from feeding.
Adding Brewers Yeast daily, mixed with garlic, into your dogs food can help to repel fleas.
You can add brewers yeast to your cat’s food, but do NOT use garlic. Garlic is not healthy for cats!
Bicarbonate of Soda
Fleas do not like Bicarbonate of Soda. You can repel them by sprinkling it onto your lawn where they often congregate, or even directly onto your pets fur.
Keep Fleas Out of the House
As basic as it seems keeping your house clean will help to repel fleas. Vacuum regularly, clean out pet baskets and wash their bedding regularly. Wash your floors with natural disinfectant.
You can sprinkle your pets beds and bedding with bicarbonate of soda, leave for 10 mins and then vacuum them. Don’t forget to remove your pet first!
Ticked off With Ticks
Ticks are not only unpleasant but they can carry Lyme Disease, which is transmitted to both humans and animals. The most effective way to avoid Lyme Disease is to prevent ticks from attaching them selves to us or our pets.
Cedar Oil is a natural spray that can be sprayed directly onto animals, and skin. It is a non toxic, natural tick repellent. Cedar oil both repels and kills ticks.
Natural Fur Ball Remedies
Have you woken up in the morning only to stand in a cat hairball? Yuck isn’t it? Help to keep your cats happy and their fur balls under control with regular brushing. By doing this you are removing the fur for them. Giving your cats a small blob of butter every day for a few days when they are really shedding a large amount of fur, can also help.
Older animals often suffer from constipation. If you feel your animal may be uncomfortable, try adding canned pumpkin or diced prunes to their food.
Please note that prune pits are deadly to both humans and animals. Your prunes must be pit free.
Have you ever used Cranberry juice or tablets to help with bladder infection? It is an amazing natural remedy that can also be used for cats. Cats, especially older ones, can be susceptible to infections in the bladder and urethra issues. Help them by giving them diluted cranberry juice in their water, or cranberry powder in their food. You can also give them a tablet. Please speak to your vet to get the correct dosage.
I know I love Vitamin E. I suffer from dry skin and when I take Vitamin E supplements my skin improves. Your animals suffer from many of the same ailments as us humans do. Apply Vitamin E oil directly to your dogs dry skin to help soothe and heal them.
Hear Hear Healthy Ears
Has your cat, or dog, been scratching at their ears more than usual? You will need to check their ears and give them a clean out with a ball of cotton wool or a soft cloth dabbed in a dilute solution of 2 parts apple cider vinegar and 1 part water. This application will clean and deter ear mites.
Warning – Check their ears first, if they have any open sores, scratches or wounds do not use this remedy.
Apple Cider Vinegar For Your Dog
Vinegar is acid until it enters the body, then it becomes alkaline and lines the intestines, where bacteria such as E. Coli can no longer attache themselves. A teaspoon of apple cider vinegar added to your dogs drinking water will keep their insides in tip-top condition.
A Final Note
There are so many natural remedies we can use in the home and to help our pets. I will keep adding to this list. Please let me know if you have a favourite remedy that you use. Leave me a comment and I will get back to you.
I recommend testing any remedies on a small area of your pet first, or chatting to your vet if you are unsure about how they will affect your animal.
Have a smile:-
“In ancient times cats were worshiped as gods; they have not forgotten this.”
Are you a pet lover? Have you ever lost a pet that is so special your heart breaks?
If you are a pet lover, you will understand that society is now starting to recognize and understand that our pets are part of our family. In fact, during my years in the pet cremation service, I had an incredibly large number of grieving pet owners tell me loosing their pet was as bad as losing a member of their family.
If someone special in your life looses a very treasured pet you may want to consider giving them a unique and special pet memorial gift, or if you have lost your pet you may want to purchase a memorial gift for yourself.
The Process of Grieving
As mentioned previously we are starting to understand that the loss of a pet is very similar, if not as traumatic, as loosing a family member or friend. When a human leaves this world, we all rally around, give emotional support, have a funeral, attend the wake and then understand that the person is going through a period of grieving. A large number of people actually need this level of emotional support when they loose a pet.
Though most people love their pets dearly, the process to say goodbye can vary considerably from person to person. I have had grieving families ask me to simply get their pet cremated and have the ashes scattered as they are too heartbroken to deal with any other options. On the opposite end of the spectrum I have been asked to attend funerals, wakes and memorials for a number of the pets I have taken care of. In any of these circumstances is it appropriate to give a memorial gift?
Why A Gift To Remember A Pet?
Thinking back over the years about family and friends who have lost their pets, I wish I had given them a gift, to show that I understood what they were going through. I can truly say that this was never really an option, but, thankfully, times have changed.
Many years back, my first cat, China, was at home with my parents, as I had left to find my own feet as you do, and was not able at that stage to take him with me. Sadly he died while I was away, and I have always felt some guilt that I was not by his side. I would have loved to have bought myself a gift to remember him by. Back to the present, and having recently lost another cat, I am considering buying myself a charm bracelet that I can add a charm to for each of my spirit pets. I know some people may feel that this will cause sadness when I look at it, but I believe the charms I will add for each pet will spark happy memories and bring me comfort.
To be able to give someone who has lost their pet a gift from your heart to theirs, is I believe, an incredibly powerful way to show you understand what they are going through and to show your love and support.
How to Choose The Right Remembrance Gift
If you have decided to give a pet memorial gift, or even buy one for yourself, the ideas to choose from can be overwhelming. The next big question is how do I go about doing this?
Most of us will, as you are probably doing right now, jump onto the internet to do a search. You may just be surprised to see what a huge range of pet remembrance gifts are on offer. Probably the first thing to consider is how much you are able to spend, and if the gift needs to be posted, this will only add to the cost, Depending on where you live the postage may be free or not too expensive. There are, of course, free options, you could consider making or putting together yourself. This could include a photo, bunch of flowers from your garden, or a poem or even handmade jewelry or a candle. You only limited by your imagination, ability and time. If the free option is not for you there are fortunately so many gifts in all price ranges to choose from.
You will also need to take into account the person you are buying the gift for. Do they wear jewelry, if not a chain with a small memorial urn, will not be suitable. What is their decorating style, is it ornate, simple, modern or country. These are a few options and you will probably be able to find a gift that fits into a number of different styles.
Taking into consideration the pet that has moved onto the spirit world will also help you buy a gift. If the pet was a large, boisterous dog, a solid looking photo frame with a picture of the dog would work well. However, if the pet was a small, quiet soul, then maybe a remembrance candle, with a lovely poem would be a better option.
Another factor to consider is if you want the gift to last a lifetime, or if it is something, like a candle, that can be used, and will help with the grieving but is hard to keep forever.
Pet Remembrance Gift Ideas
There are so many to choose from that I would never be able to do them justice in the blog. I have however, started, a product review page, and you may want to head over and have a look at it. This is an organic page so it will continue to be updated and added to.
On the smaller and less expensive end of the range of pet gifts, you have options such a jewelry, candles, wind chimes or a hand painted angel. Key chains, Over the Rainbow Bridge bracelets, picture frames in all shapes, sizes, and price ranges. Garden stepping stones is a lovely gift if your friend or family has a garden, and especially if their pet loved being outdoors.
Another great option as a gift is a book on dealing with grievance, such as “Losing My Best Friend”, by Jeannie Wycherley. Men especially might find it hard to let their emotions out, so a book could be a great remembrance present. You could personalize it by adding a photo, or writing in a memory of the pet.
If your friend or family are having their pet cremated, there is an incredibly large range of urns available, and they may love having an urn given to them as a gift. I, would, however, try to find out what they were intending to do with their pets ashes, and if an urn is something they would like, before buying one. Pet urns come in a range of sizes, colours, materials and designs.
Another very touching and living style tribute is to have a video made for the grieving family. This is easily done on the internet, however, you will need to provide information and photos of the pet, and maybe of the family, depending on how you want the video to look. I will be adding a pet memorial video link and review to my site in the near future. However, if you would like more information on this before I have had a chance to upload this information, leave me a message and I will do everything I can to help you.
I Hope This Has Helped You To Make A Wonderful Choice
I could write another 20 pages or so covering the large range of pet remembrance gift ideas. If you are looking for a gift idea, I hope this blog has helped to spark your imagination and to make the choice easier.
Leave me a comment and let me know if you do end up buying or even making a present for a friend or family.
As always thank you for reading my blog, and I will end with this lovely quote by Linda Blair:-
“It is difficult to understand why people don’t realize that pets are gifts to mankind.”