Tips to Keep Your Pet Safe Year Round
Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

petsafetyWhile living in paradise provides a year-round playground, we often spend more time with our pets playing outdoors and traveling during the summer. Here are a few tips to keep your furry friends safe in the car, at the park or on the beach.

Outdoor Play – Your pet’s paws are sensitive, so avoid walking them on the hot pavement. Go for strolls in the early morning or late evening, or walk in the grass if you must go out during the day. However, keep pets away from lawns that have been fertilized. Some plant foods, fertilizers and insecticides can be harmful if ingested.

Your pets love to play with you and may not know when to quit. Make sure they are properly hydrated and watch for signs of heat stroke, which includes excessive panting, drooling, red gums, or sluggishness. Dogs with short muzzles, thick coats or health problems are at greater risk and should enjoy the comfort of the indoors on very hot days.

Pets, like children, should be constantly monitored around pools. Even breeds known for water sports may not know how to swim, and those that do can still tire and risk drowning. When boating, keep your dog in a life jacket and under close watch.

Travel – More pets are joining their families on road trips than ever before. It is important not to leave them in a parked car as temperatures can escalate into triple digits. Even with the windows partially opened, there is not sufficient ventilation to keep your pet safe. Buckling up is the law for humans, but it is also the right thing to do for pets. Many companies make seatbelt systems and crates to keep pets safe while on the road.

Health – Fleas and ticks love summer too, and while we spend more time outdoors, there are more opportunities for pets to come in contact with them. It is important that pets are current with their heartworm, flea and tick medications and are used according to the listed directions.

More valley residents sparing no expense in parting ways with beloved pets
Sunday, March 1st, 2009

Pet Passages is featured in The Desert Sun, Palm Springs, CA More valley residents sparing no expense in parting ways with beloved pets. Norman Perkins of Palm Springs knew his 14-year-old Welsh springer spaniel was edging close to death. After a series of strokes, Cora would stand in one place for hours, staring at the wall. Perkins, heartbroken, made the difficult decision to put his beloved dog down. But still wanting to always have his dog near, Perkins contacted Pet Passages by Wiefels in Palm Springs. As a result, Cora was cremated — her ashes are in a keepsake box Perkins said he cherishes. “Cora’s still here,” he said.

Pet cremation by mournful pet owners is a growing nationwide trend. Pet Passages is one of two pet cremation services that have opened in the Coachella Valley in the past year — among more than 500 businesses providing such services nationwide. “I think we’ll see that number double each year over the next five or six years,” said Bill McQueen. Read the rest of the story here.  (.pdf)

Pets taking bigger bite of death biz
Friday, February 13th, 2009

Bill McQueen discusses the growing trend in pet memorials in the Boston Herald.

Anderson-McQueen Funeral and Cremation Centers in Florida began offering pet cremation and burial services in 2006, and is considered one of the leaders in the industry.

Co-owner Bill McQueen said they have changed the way people dispose of pets for the better.

“What people are willing to spend on their pets is growing astronomically,” he said. “Pets are more and more considered like another member of the family. Why not give people the opportunity to have their pet treated with the same dignity and care and trust at the time of death?”

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