Thanksgiving Tips for Pets

While you prepare to sit down to your Thanksgiving feast this year, it’s easy to want to share some of the delectable dinner with your four legged family members.  But, it may be best to not give in to the temptation to dole out a portion to your pooch without making sure it’s safe.  Some Thanksgiving food is perfectly okay for your dog, but there is also some food that you...
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Is It Normal For My Cat To Have Dandruff? – Lucy’s Pet Care

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My Cat Has Dandruff.  What’s going on? Did you know that just like humans, cats can have dandruff for a variety of reasons? Dandruff is a common skin condition that is distinguished by the manifestation of small, white flakes of skin in the fur. Dandruff, to a large extent, is normal. In most cases owners will not even notice it, unless it becomes excessive. Dandruff isn...
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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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Sad Dogs: Signs of Dog Depression

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Sad Dogs:  Signs of Dog Depression Is My Dog Depressed? We all know that humans have a tendency to suffer from depression. However, far fewer of us are aware that our beloved fur buddies can also suffer from depression from time to time. If you’re concerned about your dog, consider a few tell-tale signs that they tend to exhibit when they aren’t feeling quite like thems...
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What You Need to Know About the Durham Dog Flu

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What You Need to Know About the Durham Dog Flu You may have already heard about a potentially fatal strain of dog flu that's been slowly spreading across the country.  It first made headlines when a large outbreak occurred in Chicago, back in April of this year.  Since then, it's infected dogs in more than 12 states.  With 3 reported cases in Winston-Salem, this illness ha...
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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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How Do I Care for a Dog with Asthma?

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Did you know that asthma can be fatal to humans and dogs alike?  It’s a serious disease yet, quite manageable if you know what to look out for and put in place a proper treatment plan.  As a professional pet sitter, I'm trained in asthma symptoms.  So, I want to pass along our knowledge to you.  Keep reading to learn more about signs of asthma in dogs, diagnosis, and common tre...
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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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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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I’m Prone to Allergies! Can I Still Have a Cat?

  Have you always been a cat lover?     Or, your Significant Other says, "Love Me, Love My Cat!" Or, your child is BEGGING to add a kitten to the family? But, alas, you have allergic reactions whenever around a fabulous feline?  Your allergies cause you watering eyes and a runny nose? Don't Despair! Although, there is no such thing as a completely hypoallergenic...
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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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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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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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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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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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