10 Dog Memorial Ideas – Honour Your Pet With A [Unique Memorial]

If you are reading this and have lost a loved pet, my heart goes out to you. Our pets are part of our world, and when they die our grief for them is no less than that for a human. While we can never replace our pets, having a lovely memorial gift to remember them by is one way to help heal and keep a part of them near you forever.

Below I have reviewed a number of unique and stylish dog memorial ideas to remember your dog with, or if, like me you have lost a cat, you can certainly use a number of these memorial keepsakes.

While a number of these memorials are aimed at keeping your loved one’s ashes in, if you chose to bury your pet, you have the option to wear a piece of jewelry as a lovely reminder, or to keep your pets collar, some fur if you have any, a favorite toy, or photo in the urn or keepsake instead of ashes.

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Grieving For A Pet – [A Personal Story], Dealing With The Emotions of Losing Your Pet Traumatically

This is a raw post from my heart. In the last 3 months I have lost both my 17 year old cats. Felix, we decided to have euthanized a few months ago due to his declining health. I am still trying to come to terms with this, when we were faced with the death of our precious Amber yesterday.

Amber

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Pet Memorial Jewelry – Turn Your Pets Fur, Ashes Or Feathers Into A [Sparkling Diamond]

 

Love to many people is their pet, whether they have four legs or two. Sadly the loss of a pet is devastating and leaves an emotional chasm that can feel impossible to cross. Our love for our pets is endless and knows no bounds, recovering and learning to move on after our pets have crossed over the rainbow bridge into the spirit world can be emotionally challenging.

Keeping Our Pets Close In Spirit

As humans, letting go, can be incredibly difficult, three months on from having my 17 year old cat euthanized I miss him more now than I did at first. While some people may decide to keep their pets cremains in an urn on the mantelpiece, this is not a suitable option for everyone, fortunately, there are other ways you can keep part of your pet near to you at all times.

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Tips For Keeping Your Cat Healthy – Cat Lovers Guide [17 Health Tips] You Must Know!

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.

Amber

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.

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Cheap Pet Urns – 10 Urns Under $50 That Are Exquisite

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.  At the time of this review all the featured urns were under USD50.00, however, prices can and do change.

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Unique Pet Memorials – Immortalize Your Precious Pet In A Diamond That Will Last Forever

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.

My Precious Felix

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?

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Lyme Disease Prevention Month – About Lyme Disease And How To Stay Tick Free

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.

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Denise

 

 

 

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