Chartiers Custom Pet Cremation Newsletter
Caring for Families Who Love Their Pets

The holiday season is upon us, and many pet parents plan to include their furry companions in the festivities. As you gear up for the holidays, be mindful of the hazards that the season can bring to your pet.  Here are a few tips to keep your pet safe during your celebrations.
1. Securely anchor your Christmas Tree.
2. Tinsel-keep away from your pet so they do not ingest it causing an obstruction.

3. Avoid plants such as  mistletoe, holly, and poinsettias.
4. Holiday ornaments such as snow globes and bubble lights may contain poisonous chemicals to your pet, so keep safely away from your furry family.
5.  Keep wires, batteries, and glass or plastic ornaments out of paws reach.  
6.  Holiday foods such as chocolate, grapes, raisins, currants, and xylitol ( a sweetener and commonly found in chewing gum) is toxic to dogs.
7.  Keep alcohol away from your pet.
8. Keep liquid potpourri and burning candles away from your pet(s).
9.  Make sure human medication is safely stored out of your pet's reach.
10. Limit or forego "Table Scraps" for Fido and Fluffy.
For more information on how to keep your pet's safe this holiday season, please visit: 
Pets Make Us Feel Better

Studies have shown that the benefits to having an animal companion are greatly beneficial emotionally, physically, psycho-socially, and can even be an option for the therapy of many ailments. Below are just a few of the benefits of having our beloved companions by our side:
  • Pets have a positive impact on depression and anxiety.  This may explain the value many people find in therapy animals, which are trained to help people deal with worry, unhappiness and anxiety, and have been found to even reduce the perception of pain.
  • Dog owners who regularly walk their dogs are more physically active and less likely to be obese than those who don't own or walk a dog.
  • Cat owners have a significantly lower risk of heart-attack deaths.
  • Pet owners have lower heart rates and blood pressure compared to those without pets. 
  • Childhood exposure to dogs and cats can protect against developing allergies and asthma later in life, possibly because the contact with pet microbes occurs while the immune system is still developing.
  • People who live with pets are significantly less lonely than those who do not have an animal companion.  Having a pet might compensate for the absence of human companionship.
There is no doubt that pets bring us joy, laughter, and happiness every single day.  And now knowing there are health benefits in addition to the love they give, makes having a beloved companion that much more wonderful!

For more information on how pets make us feel better, please visit

For your treasured pet
This elegant chest allows you to keep not only your pet, but also some of the things that were important to them in one place.   Strikingly sleek,  made of composite wood with a high-gloss cherry finish, it comes in two sizes.

The top surface can be engraved with your pet's name, dates and perhaps a favorite special nickname or phrase. Perfect for accommodating a large pet's cremains, this urn can also be used as a "family" urn to keep several small pets' cremains together.

The interior and the tray are fabric covered and the tray rests on a ledge above contents.   The tray can be used to hold collars or toys or other sweet reminders of your pet.  The lid has criss-crossed ribbons to securely hold several of your favorite photos. 

If you have questions or would like to purchase this urn,
 please call Deb at 412/220-7800
To see additional urn selections, go to
May you find joy in the memories of holidays past as well as the celebration of holidays present.


Deb Chebatoris
Chartiers Custom Pet Cremation