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Helping a Pet Grieve

Helping a Pet Grieve

When a beloved pet passes away, it is undeniably difficult to move forward. It can feel impossible to understand your emotions, find words to speak and take care of yourself and your family. And what about the surviving pets in your household? How do you support the non-human members of your family through the grieving process?  Firstly, let your pet grieve in his own way. Just as your furry, feathery, or scaly friend is unique, so is his manner of mourning. There is no one “right” way to be sad and to work through a death. Your pet’s type of […]

Hot Weather and Pets

Hot Weather and Pets

Summertime brings a ton of outdoor fun. It also brings hot weather, which can be dangerous for our animal companions. Before you leash up your furry friend and go out to enjoy the long days of summer, know how to protect your pet from the heat.  Never leave pets unattended in a parked car On a hot day, a parked car reaches dangerously high temperatures in minutes. Don’t ever leave your furry family members in your car — not even with the windows cracked or parked in the shade, as these actions have very minimal effects on the car’s rising […]

Protecting Pets from Common Household Dangers

Protecting Pets from Common Household Dangers

As diligent and loving pet owners, it is our duty to keep them safe and sound.  Many common household items can pose a threat to your dog or cat. The Humane Society of the United States suggests that in order “to protect your pet, simply use common sense and take the same precautions you would with a child.” According to the Humane Society and the ASPCA Poison Control Center, pet owners should be aware of and avoid the following household dangers: Antifreeze containing ethylene glycol can attract animals with its sweet taste, but can be deadly if consumed in the […]

Antifreeze Dangers to Your Pets

Antifreeze Dangers to Your Pets

Each year, someone’s beloved pet ingests the dangerous liquid known as Antifreeze.  As an engine coolant, antifreeze contains an ingredient that is poisonous to both dogs and cats.  This agent, ethylene glycol, is greenish in color and sweet-tasting.  Just a minuscule amount will poison a cat or dog.  This is an extremely dangerous and often lethal common household item. Antifreeze poisoning typically occurs when antifreeze drips from a car radiator and is licked off the ground and ingested by a pet. Dogs and cats may also come into contact with antifreeze that has been added to a toilet bowl when […]

Rainbow Bridge

The Rainbow Bridge Poem

The Rainbow Bridge is a poem written in the 1980s about pet loss, and where our pets go after their life with us on earth. While the original creator is unknown, the poem goes something along the lines of this: Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge. When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm […]

Popular Pet Names - 2020 List

Popular Pet Names of 2020 (Top 20 List)

“Come Quat”..What? You named your pet “Quat”?! Why yes, I did. What did you name your pet? Faithful Friends, the online community for pets and the people who love them, has one of the largest pet name databases in the world. Each year, we have fun and sort our list by number of entries for each unique name to get the top pet names of our members. In 2020, here were the most popular pet names on Faithful Friends: Max Buddy Bella Princess Baby Rocky Bandit Bear Lucky Daisy Harley Angel Ginger Smokey Buster Patches Gizmo Molly Shadow Bailey If […]

Dog Toxic Xylitol

Xylitol and Your Dog: Danger, Paws Off

Your six-month-old puppy will eat anything that isn’t tied down. Like many dog owners, you know chocolate can be dangerous to your pooch. But you may not know that if he sticks his nose in your handbag and eats a pack of sugarless chewing gum, the consequences could be deadly. Sugarless gum may contain xylitol, a class of sweetener known as sugar alcohol. Xylitol is present in many products and foods for human use, but can have devastating effects on your pet. Over the past several years, the Center for Veterinary Medicine at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has […]

Pet Safety Tips for Halloween

10 Halloween Pet Safety Tips

We’ve all been there before, you wondrous pet is looking at your with those droopy eyes as you select a piece of candy you’ve had your eyes on all night from the Halloween candy basket. We’ve compiled, from several sources the things to keep your mind on while enjoying some scary times with your Pet! #1 – Don’t give your pets chocolate As much as your wondrous pet wants that piece of candy, make sure you check to see if it is Chocolate. According to the ASPCA, chocolate in ANY FORM, especially dark chocolate can be extremely harmful for Dogs […]

Grief Support and Counseling for Pet Loss

Grief Support and Counseling for Pet Loss

Losing any family member, even a beloved pet, is a very traumatic experience. Feelings of sadness and grief, or even depression and despair are common. Take heart that you are not alone in these feelings. And that there are organizations, as well as individuals, who empathize with these feelings and have special training to help you in this time of need. These people and places are called grief counselors and grief support services and they offer psychological and/or spiritual services from different therapeutic and cultural perspectives. Grief and support counseling aims to help people deal with the heartache and mourning […]

Finding a Grief Counselor for Pet Loss

Finding a Grief Counselor for Pet Loss

Grief can be the most overwhelming of all emotions. It can leave us feeling completely lost and helpless regardless of whether we grieve for the loss of a person or a pet. Unfortunately, there remains some stigma over getting help for grief and other emotional distress, particularly as it pertains to the loss of a pet. It is easy today to find a variety of resources on grieving in general and grieving over the loss of a pet specifically (see the end of the article for links to many resources). A variety of people and professions say that they are […]