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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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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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 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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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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How To Keep Your Durham Pets Safe from Coyotes

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How to Keep Your Durham Pets Safe from Coyotes Did you know that there are coyotes in Durham?  In fact, they live in every state except Hawaii!   Several of my neighbors in my own south Durham neighborhood have reported sightings - and have heard them howling.  Contrary to the popular belief that they live "out in the wild," they thrive around human civilization.  Urban spra...
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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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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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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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How Does My Pet Sitter Keep My Keys Safe?

Keeping your home and pets safe is our top priority.  Thus, we use systems to help ensure the security of your keys, personal information and house alarm codes. One of the reasons we chose to move to using our software system, LeashTime,  is for the convenience of use for our clients.  You can access your profile 24/7 to update, request services or check your account.  Anoth...
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Is it Wrong to Dress-up Your Pet?

Is your Dog or Cat, JUST a Dog or Cat?  Or, do you treat her like a part of the family?  Most of us do consider our pets to be an integral part of our family.  They are our constant, loyal and loving companions.  How much do we humanize our pets?  Do we treat our furry babies as we would our human babies? In bad weather, do you dress-up your pet in a raincoat?  Or a winter s...
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What Is Mobile Grooming All About?

What Is Mobile Grooming All About?   As an in-your-home pet care business owner, I was curious about similar businesses.  Namely, mobile pet grooming.  What is involved?  What do they do?  Is it super-expensive?  What animals do they groom? My pup was in dire need of bathing and trimming, so I thought it the perfect opportunity to find out answers to these que...
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Do All Dogs Know How to Swim?

Do All Dogs Know How To Swim? Dog paddling comes naturally, right?  Not necessarily!  Not all dogs can swim...or, even like the water!  In the warm months, you may want to travel with your dog to the pool, lake or beach.   And, you may assume your pup will leap for joy at the prospect of a cool dip.  But, be aware, this may not be the case. Whether or not a dog is a great...
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I Have Complaints About my Pet Sitting Service Experience!

We strive to WOW! every client with their entire Lucy's Pet Care experience.  It's why we're here - to relieve your stress, not add to it. But, let's play Devil's Advocate.  So, you read all of our 5 Star Reviews, combed through our detailed website information, talked with Lucy, met your pet sitter and chose us to be your pet care providers.  But, what if, when your schedul...
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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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How to Prepare for Moving with Your Pet

How To Prepare for Moving with Your Pet Moving, whether across town or across the world, can be a very exciting time.  And, bring much stress to you and your pets.  All of the commotion and disruption of regular routines can cause a lot of anxiety.  Any change is especially difficult for cats.  Here are some tips to help you best prepare for your move. Choosing a New Home...
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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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