What You Should Know Before Getting a Pet Rodent – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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Rodents, although small, do require quite a bit of pet care. They are basically tiny escape artists and can be ultra-sensitive to sound and light. Basic Requirements of Rodents Housing in stable and compatible groups. You should take into account the gender, age, reproductive condition, familiarity, and general past of your rodents before housing them together Enclos...
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Cool Dog Treat Recipes – Lucy’s Pet Care

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It's getting hot out there everyone! Your dog has an average temperature is 101 to 102 degrees Fahrenheit, which means going out in the heat could pose a problem to your dog if not properly hydrated or if your dog isn't cool enough. Here are some summer time treats for your doggy to enjoy! Peanut butter and banana ice drops 1 cup (240 ml) peanut butter 1 ba...
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Outdoor Wildlife Tips – The Best Way to Care for Your Backyard Wildlife

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Outdoor Wildlife Tips Many people ask: "Why is spring time the busiest time of the year for people who want to preserve and rehabilitate wildlife?" The reason is because there is an influx of births in the wild during the spring! One thing that is important to point out while we are the subject of new births: Every year with the influx of births people who mean well upset...
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Top 3 Homemade Cat Treats Recipes

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'Tis the season for treats, sweets, and all things delicious! But, why should we have all of the yummy food this holiday season? When you’re prepping for your holiday baking, you should think about including a little something special for your cat, too. Our Top 3 Cat Treats Recipes You Can Make at Home 1. Tasty Tuna Treats Ingredients: 1 can of tuna, in oil 1 tbs...
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Easy DIY Halloween Costumes for Your Durham Dog – Lucy’s Pet Care Top 3

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Easy DIY Halloween Costumes for Your Pets If you love Halloween, it’s time to rejoice because October is here! I know I’m not the only one already pulling out decorations and planning costumes.  If you’re wanting your pet to get into the Halloween spirit this year, you have to check out these easy (and affordable) DIY Halloween costumes. There’s no reason for you to spend a...
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What To Feed A Dog With Cancer

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The Cancer Diet and How It Can Help Your Dog    Being diagnosed with cancer is a gut-wrenching feeling, no matter which family member is affected.  You must make tough choices, especially when it comes to your pets.  A dog’s immune system is already very vulnerable due to its smaller mass and efficiency, when compared to our own.  When your dog has cancer, you have to treat hi...
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Cat Pain: How to Know if Your Cat is Silently Suffering

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Cat Pain:  Signs your cat may be suffering Do you know how to tell if your cat may be in pain? You might be thinking “Oh, that’s easy! He’ll cry or whimper!”  Not necessarily so!  By nature, cats tend to hide their pain or suffering. If you suspect your cat may be in pain, you should be aware of some tell tale signs. Personality changes Resistance to touch Resting on...
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The Best All Natural Pet Remedies

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The Best All Natural Pet Remedies I know that a lot of Lucy's Pet Care clients use all natural pet remedies and pet care products for their furry babies.  I, too, am always interested in the most effective and natural products to use on my own pets.  So, I thought I'd take this opportunity to share with you some of the discoveries I've made by talking with clients, profess...
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6 Ways To Ease Your Dog’s Anxiety

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Stress and Anxiety in Dogs Like humans, dogs have anxiety and fear. Fear is an inherent emotion of nervousness resulting from what is either a real, or perceived, external threat. The fear response of the autonomic nervous system is what is known as the fight or flight effect. Fear as a response to threat is a normal behavior.  This reaction is essential for survival. Howeve...
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How Do I Keep My Dog Out of the Litter Box?

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Does your dog love "all things cat?"  Does he go bonkers for cat treats, food and even toys?  Does his love go even further, so that he goes litter box diving for "snacks?"  Are you having a hard time keeping your dog out of the litter box?  If so, you're not alone in this dilemma.  Those of us with canines and felines under the same roof know this can be a real challenge.  It'...
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How to Safely Detox Your Durham Dog

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How To Safely Detox Your Durham Dog Apple Cider Vinegar for Dogs Have you heard about the amazing effects of Apple Cider Vinegar on dogs? Dogs need to undergo detoxification just as much as humans do.  Now, more than ever, toxins are polluting our environment which unfortunately also pollutes us and our dogs!  A dog’s body works naturally to detox itself but due to the exce...
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Can I Share Superfoods with My Durham Dog?

Can I Share Superfoods with My Durham Dog?   Are you looking to feed your dog a more high quality diet?  Well, if you haven’t considered it, there’s no time like the present!  A high quality diet is one sure fire way to help strengthen your dog’s immune system and feeding your dog some of the same superfoods that you feed yourself is one way to do so. But, why? ...
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Is it Safe for my Dog to Eat Fruit?

Are you looking to mix-up the treats you give to your dog?  Maybe as a healthier and fresh alternative to store-bought or baked treats?  Or, as a way to help control your dog's weight?  Did you know that many of the fruits and vegetables we enjoy as humans are also great snacks for our dogs?  Below is a list of some of the fruits you might give your dog to see if she likes ...
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Kenneling vs. In-Home Pet Sitting

Many folks ponder this question:  "Is it better to board my animals or have in-home pet sitting?"  There are various reasons they consider both options.  Below, is an easy breakdown comparison to help you decide which is the best choice for your fur family and budget. COST:  Much of the time, it all comes down to total cost of service.  Sometimes, the bottom line is cheaper ...
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Should I be Worried if My Dog’s Nose is Dry?

Many pet parents look to their dog's nose for indications of illness.  What if my dog's nose is hot and dry?  Or, wet and cold?  Are these signs of a health issue?  Or, is this just an Old Wives' Tale? Hot vs Cold:  The temperatures of dogs' noses fluctuate day to day, even hour to hour.  It's all perfectly normal.  Taking his temperature is a better indication of illness. We...
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Essentials You Must Include for Your Dog’s Health

Natural Supplements for your Dog’s Health Do you provide your dog with daily Natural supplements?  If you don’t, you should start now.  Even if you feed your dog the highest quality diet, he is probably lacking in the area of supplements.  Feed your dog a commercial dog food diet?  Well, then you must provide your dog with supplements to keep him in tip top shape.  Don’t...
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Are Green Foods Safe for my Durham Dog?

Are Green Foods Safe for my Dog? With St. Patty's Day fast-approaching, I'm sure many of us are looking forward to celebrating with all things green.  Many of these include green edibles -- green beer, green deviled eggs, etc.  And, we love including our pets in the celebrations.   But, are green foods okay for our dogs?  Can they be toxic or are they beneficial?  Continue...
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A Tasty, All-Natural and Healthy Treat for Your Dogs

The Healing Benefits of Coconut Oil Have you heard about the amazing healing benefits of coconut oil for your dogs?  Maybe you’ve heard your friends or coworkers mention that they are adding coconut oil to their daily diet and for good reason.  Dogs love this tasty treat!  Coconut oil provides numerous health benefits to humans and their dogs!  It benefits all systems o...
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Avoid These 6 Ingredients in Your Dog Treats – Lucy’s Pet Care

Avoid These 6 Ingredients in Your Dog Treats Treats. Cookies. Biscuits. Call them what you may but, not all dog treats are created equal. Some look better, some taste better but more importantly some treats are just healthier than others. In fact, many dog treats these days are downright dangerous. Keep reading to learn how to select the healthiest, most natural treats for y...
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