In Memoriam: National Pet Memorial Day

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Sunday, September 8 was National Pet Memorial Day. This special day is dedicated to the memory of our beloved pets that have passed away by giving pet owners an opportunity to honor the lives of the pets that have touched our hearts and brought joy to our lives.

Our Fallen Friends

At Elmhurst Animal Care Center we understand the heartache of pet loss, first-hand.

In honor of National Pet Memorial Day we are creating a special Facebook Memorial Page and Memorial Pinboard on Pinterest for our clients to share their photos, memories, and memorials of their late pets.

Whether you simply post a photo or two of the pets you have loved and lost, or create a more elaborate remembrance, we hope you will share your memories with us and the Elmhurst Animal Care Center community.

In Tribute

Even though the official Pet Memorial Day has passed, there are still plenty of opportunities for you to pay tribute to your beloved pet. The following are a few ideas for honoring your pet’s memory.

  • Look at photos and share your memories and stories about your pet with family members and loved ones.
  • Create a small, pet-friendly flower garden in your pet’s memory.
  • Plant a tree or shrub in your pet’s honor.
  • Volunteer at your local animal shelter or rescue agency.
  • Visit your pet’s burial site and pay tribute by planting some catnip or by leaving a favorite toy.
  • Send a sympathy card to those who have lost a pet in the past year.
  • Make a donation in your pet’s name to a favorite animal charity.
  • Create a memorial using favorite photos, inspirational quotes, or anything else that expresses your loving memories of your pet.

Our Sympathies

As many pet owners consider their pets to be their best friends and family members, their passing can create an emptiness within us that can be difficult to fill.

Whether your pet has recently passed or been gone longer than it seems, we hope you will take a moment to share with us, and those in our community, a brief glimpse into the joy your beloved pet gave you.

Should you need referrals to local support groups to help cope with the loss of a pet, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

In Memoriam: National Pet Memorial Day

memorial

Sunday, September 8 was National Pet Memorial Day. This special day is dedicated to the memory of our beloved pets that have passed away by giving pet owners an opportunity to honor the lives of the pets that have touched our hearts and brought joy to our lives.

Our Fallen Friends

At Elmhurst Animal Care Center we understand the heartache of pet loss, first-hand.

In honor of National Pet Memorial Day we are creating a special Facebook Memorial Page and Memorial Pinboard on Pinterest for our clients to share their photos, memories, and memorials of their late pets.

Whether you simply post a photo or two of the pets you have loved and lost, or create a more elaborate remembrance, we hope you will share your memories with us and the Elmhurst Animal Care Center community.

In Tribute

Even though the official Pet Memorial Day has passed, there are still plenty of opportunities for you to pay tribute to your beloved pet. The following are a few ideas for honoring your pet’s memory.

  • Look at photos and share your memories and stories about your pet with family members and loved ones.
  • Create a small, pet-friendly flower garden in your pet’s memory.
  • Plant a tree or shrub in your pet’s honor.
  • Volunteer at your local animal shelter or rescue agency.
  • Visit your pet’s burial site and pay tribute by planting some catnip or by leaving a favorite toy.
  • Send a sympathy card to those who have lost a pet in the past year.
  • Make a donation in your pet’s name to a favorite animal charity.
  • Create a memorial using favorite photos, inspirational quotes, or anything else that expresses your loving memories of your pet.

Our Sympathies

As many pet owners consider their pets to be their best friends and family members, their passing can create an emptiness within us that can be difficult to fill.

Whether your pet has recently passed or been gone longer than it seems, we hope you will take a moment to share with us, and those in our community, a brief glimpse into the joy your beloved pet gave you.

Should you need referrals to local support groups to help cope with the loss of a pet, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

For the Birds: What to Know About Bird Ownership

Eclectus parrot and Bassett Hound

Birds are beautiful creatures. Their colorful plumage and quirky personalities can captivate us in the blink of an eye and easily tempt even the staunchest of skeptics into pet ownership. But birds are more than beautiful. They are emotional, intelligent creatures with needs few consider before making the leap into bird ownership.

Selecting a Pet Bird: Don’t’ Be a Bird Brain

Like all pets, a bird should never be an impulse buy. Birds require a level of care that, unfortunately, many would-be bird owners never consider prior to taking the plunge. We cannot encourage you enough to research the specific needs of the bird you are looking to adopt and be certain that you can provide your bird with the life he or she deserves.

Birds are very clever animals and can become easily bored if their needs are not met. For a bird to thrive as a pet, he or she needs to receive the same love and attention you would give any animal member of your family. Birds need time and interaction with their humans, as well as an enriching environment and plenty of training to keep them stimulated since they can become bored and depressed.

To keep your pretty bird happy, be sure it has the proper size cage. You’ll want to find something that is big enough for it to move (and fly) around in and have some fun. Provide your bird a variety of perches, ranging from high to low and public to private. Likewise, providing your bird with plenty of games and toys to explore and play with (both in and out of the cage) will keep your bird happy as well.

And, of course, be certain to keep your bird’s cage clean and free from droppings. Birds take pride in their appearance and environment. A messy cage means an unhappy bird.

Bird Seed

Contrary to popular belief, there is no such thing as a balanced seed diet for birds. Much like us, if you give a bird a plate of food it is always going to be the bird’s instinct to pick and choose his or her favorite bits out and leave the rest. Unfortunately (and not surprisingly), it’s common for the bird to pick out the “candy seeds,” and leave the nutritional seeds as refuse.

For this reason it is advised that your bird should be eating a formulated, pelleted diet (similar in consistency to dog and cat foods) that will ensure he or she is receiving all the nutrients required of a longer and healthier life.

Birds of a Feather …

Aside from meeting your bird’s emotional and intellectual needs, it’s important to know your bird’s personality as well.

As many domesticated birds were once, in their genetic past, common prey for Birds of Prey and other predators, it is a bird’s instinct to mask their health issues when they are ill or injured. Changes in your bird’s eating habits, appearance (being unkempt), activity levels, vocalization, and droppings are all telltale signs that there may be an issue with your bird’s health. But many bird owners miss these signs because they are not familiar enough with their bird’s “normal behavior.”

Other Aviary Things to Consider

  • Life span. Birds have long life spans. Parrots, for instance, can live 30 to 90 years depending on their size and type. Designate a willing future owner should something happen to you.
  • Flight. Birds do fly away when given the opportunity. An open window and untrimmed wings up the odds of never seeing your pet bird again. Be diligent.

If you have any questions about your bird’s health or behavior, or would have any questions about bird ownership you would like to discuss prior to adoption, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We would be more than happy to schedule you and your pet an appointment or answer any questions you may have.