How to Introduce a New Cat into the House – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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  How to Introduce a New Cat into the House! Getting a new pet is pretty exciting but can also be exhausting. You are introducing your cat to a totally new environment, which can stress the cat out and give them a few unwanted coping mechanisms.  Even the ride home for a cat can be slightly traumatizing. During the ride home you should avoid reckless driving and blaring ...
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Owning a Rabbit – What You Need to Know – Lucy’s Pet Care

Even though Easter is over, the season of the rabbit is still here. It makes sense after all, I mean what's not to love about fluffy little bunnies? With their adorable twitching noses, soft fluffy ears and gentle disposition. There is just so much to love! That's why this is the busiest season for house rabbit adoption. And having a rabbit is very rewarding, but there ...
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St. Patty’s Day Fun With Your Durham Dog!

Shamrocks and beer is usually how people see Saint Patrick’s Day.  But it’s also another great chance to admire and spend time with your dogs.  There are a lot of happy, curious and independent breeds that hail from the Emerald Isle and there is a lot of fun to be had with your pet. Irish Breeds: Irish Setter - A great companion with a friendly disposition and a hear...
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Tips for House Training Your Dog

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Tips for House Training Your Dog Welcoming a new member of the family is always an exciting time.  Whether it's a new puppy or an older rescue dog, the happiness they bring into the home is simply wonderful.  What's not exactly wonderful is cleaning up accidents on your carpet. However, with patience, persistence, and consistency house training can help them learn their new ...
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Are You Ready to Become a Foster Pet Parent?

Are You Ready to Become a Foster Pet Parent?   Becoming foster pet parent is a temporary, yet considerable, commitment for both you and the foster pet. A foster home for pets is an incredibly important part of their adoption process. Having a safe home where they can socialize and learn a routine is key to make sure they can successfully be adopted.  If you’re thin...
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Is it Okay to Give a Dog as a Gift?

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  The holidays are around the corner and you may be thinking about getting a new dog as a gift for the family.  While you should never give a dog as a gift to someone unexpectedly, a dog can be a great present for an older child or loved one.  There is a lot to consider when bringing a new life into your home.  Do you want to crate or let them sleep with you?  Will ...
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Tips on How to Prepare for Your First Cat

Tips on How to Prepare for Your First Cat Over the weekend my best friend adopted two kittens.  They are so stinking cute, I mean absolutely adorable.  It doesn’t help that I almost always have kitten fever.  I just love them so much, from their lovable little faces their fluffy little bottoms that rise when you pet them, cats are the best.  If you have never had a cat, it’s...
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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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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 To Choose a Professional Durham Pet Sitter – Employee vs. Contractor

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How To Choose a Professional Durham Pet Sitter Employee vs. Contractor It's prudent to hire a Durham pet sitter who works with a Team of other sitters.  This helps ensure 1) availability for your requested dates of care and 2) an emergency back-up system.  Having more eggs in the basket is a good thing!  It's not a good idea to be dependent on a single person when you've ...
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Could You Love the World’s Ugliest Dog?

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  Quasi Modo was recently crowned the "World's Ugliest Dog."  He is a 10-year old pit bull-Dutch shepherd mix, whose spinal birth defect left him with a bit of a hunched back - thus, his name.  He was abandoned at a local shelter, before being adopted by a veterinarian.  So, how can a dog whose appearance can be a little unsettling to some (per his owner, grown men ...
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Who Can You Call When Your Durham Pets are in Trouble?

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  At Lucy's Pet Care, we not only provide exceptional pet care service, we also aim to be an all-around source for pet-related information.  We do this with our wide-array of postings on our Facebook, Twitter, YouTube videos and Google+ pages; our Newsletter and our Blogs. We are also hands-on, when urgent needs arise. Lucy was recently-contacted by a pet parent w...
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Who gets Pet Custody in a Divorce?

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  Who Gets Pet Custody in a Divorce? Breaking up is hard to do.  Especially so when there are children and pets in the family picture.  We're all familiar with child custody.  But, what about pet custodyt?  Not long ago, pets were considered to be personal property.  Thus, divided between the two parties just as the furniture, cars and family heirlooms.  However, pet...
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I Have Allergies! Can I Still Have a Dog?

You'd LOVE to have a dog, but...you're allergic!  With all the uncomfortable symptoms that accompany being around dogs, you just don't think you can live with one 24/7.  And, it breaks your heart!  Isn't there some breed of dog with whom you can happily co-habitate? Do Not Despair! While no dog is completely hypoallergenic, there are breeds that fair better with allergy-pron...
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3 Signs your Dog may have Kennel Cough

Kennel Cough: Should I really be worried? You have probably heard about Kennel Cough but it seems that many people aren’t really sure what exactly it is and what the dangers are. If you are in that category, keep reading to learn more about Kennel Cough and how to help your pet if he contracts it. Kennel Cough causes the dog’s windpipe and voice box to become inflamed. This i...
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Why Chocolate Bunnies and Peeps are the Healthiest Choice, this Easter

Why Chocolate Bunnies and Peeps are the Healthiest Choice, this Easter No Chicks or Bunnies in that Basket! The Easter Bunny is coming to town and so are the Easter Baskets.  Many folks feel that adding a real live bunny or chick to those baskets is a great idea.  They think “How cute would it be to wake up on Easter morning and find a sweet, little baby!”  Unfortunate...
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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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