• Making Decisions Through Grief: What to Remember When Your Pet Passes Away
    Pet Care

    Making Decisions Through Grief: What to Remember When Your Pet Passes Away

    You’ve connected with your pet since they were a furry baby, or the second you saw them at the pound or in your neighbor’s yard. You’ve fed, groomed, snuggled, and loved them every step of the way. In return, they loved you back unconditionally. They watched out for you and the rest of the family, provided endless entertainment, exercise, and a sense of home. The years have gone by too quickly, and you may have learned they have a sickness from which they’ll never recover, or you recognize that their time is near its end. You decide to do them one last act of kindness and not let them suffer. Or perhaps they left on their own schedule. Now you have to decide how best to memorialize them while going through a specific kind grief.

    The first thing to remember in this moment is that whatever you’re feeling is normal. Society as a whole doesn’t do well with grief. Add in the fact that some people don’t understand the deep sadness that can overtake a person who has lost a pet, and it can make the feelings that much harder to work through. Take your time saying goodbye, and be kind to yourself while doing so. Will the idea of burying them yourself seem too daunting a task to tackle? Are you unsure of the process of cremation and need to ask a few questions? Keep these points in mind during this important decision-making process.

    The cremation options

    Cremation has its roots in the early stone age and is still popular today because of its affordable pricing and relative ease. While human cremation has its own set of rules and regulations, pet cremation is a bit different. You’ll need to specify if you’re okay with your pet being cremated with others, as in a partitioned cremation where bodies are separated but go into the oven at the same time, or communal cremation where they’re mingled together. For an additional fee, you’ll also have the option of having a private cremation.

    Once they’ve gone through the cremation process, you’ll receive their ashes and pulverized bone fragments back in a box, generally with a certificate from the company that provided this service. Some also offer paw prints in plaster or locks of their hair for you to keep.

    Alternatives to traditional cremation

    Alkaline hydrolysis is a newer process that uses water in place of fire during a “green cremation.” The body is put into a chamber that is to be filled with 300 degree water and a solution to break down tissue, hair, and other components. After a few hours, the fluid is drained from the steel chamber, leaving behind soft bone fragments. These are then pulverized and given back to you. Alkaline hydrolysis reduces harmful pollution that can be released into the air during traditional cremation, while still being as cost effective as traditional options. This is available through specialized companies like VIP Aquamation, so be sure to ask … Read More

  • Top 5 Pets to Keep Indoors
    Pet Animals

    Top 5 Pets to Keep Indoors

    Sure, the idea of adopting an indoor pet sounds fun but it is at the same time a critical decision. While the plethora of adorable options leaves no room for homeowners to not be confused, other things that they have to consider to buy an indoor pet is what make the decision all the more difficult.

    It is hard choosing between fur, fins, and wings but to ease the worry a bit, here is a list of top five pets people can consider buying for their home. We have also included all the important factors that need to be accounted for when deciding which animal to keep as a pet. One thing the pet owners should not forget to consider is whether they want their pets to snuggle and cuddle like dogs do or stay in a confined place like the fish stay in water only.

    Here goes the list!

    Dogs

    Unquestionably, dogs are the most popular choice when it comes to owning indoor pets. There is a wide array of dog breeds that adopters get to choose from but what the decision should be backed by are things like the dog breed’s ability to adjust indoors, the size, behaviour, and other factors like the size of family, the presence of kids, etc. Some common breeds that suit most household units include Bichon Frise, Poodle, Maltese, Russian Samoyed, Dachshunds, etc.

    Cats

    Needless to mention though, cats are just as popular as dogs or even more when it comes to buying indoor pets. There are a lot of cat species you can choose from but that will barely make a difference since all of them are more or less equal in size and have the same traits. Again, cats are a very safe choice for indoors!

    Rodents (Guinea Pig and/or Hamsters)

    Rodents are all generally tiny and harmless to humans but it is the guinea pigs and hamsters that rule this category as the most common indoor pets. Guinea pigs and hamsters are two rodents that are commonly available as pets for sale. The former mostly equals the size of small dogs while the latter, as most people must be aware, is really tiny. Nonetheless, they both make for adorable and safe indoor pets. One thing that needs to be considered here is that all rodents need enough space to hop around and exercise.

    Rabbits

    Rabbits, as opposed to how most people perceive them, can be trained to respond to their names, use litter trays, and move on leashes. Rabbits are a strange mix of dogs and cats and make for good indoor pets except that they need more cleaning. The best part is owners can choose from a range of species, colours, and even ear lengths.

    Parrots

    Birds can be just as playful as dogs and parrots particularly are known to be highly responsive and active. There are over 350 types of parrots and literally thousands of colours of parrots that make the decision of buying one really hard. Nonetheless, … Read More