Easter Basket Ideas For Your Pet – Lucy’s Pet Care

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Easter Basket Ideas For Your Pet Easter is coming up this month. A good way to keep your pets preoccupied and away from the chocolate that will be laying around the house this Easter season is to make them their very own custom Easter basket! The first thing you should do is select an inexpensive bowl or basket to place the treats and goodies inside. When selecting your c...
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How to Hide a Litterbox – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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If you're the proud caretaker of kitties, you know that a necessary evil that comes along with them is the litterbox.  The daily scooping, refilling, repurchase, etc.  And, the many choices there are to make with a seemingly simple task:  What's the best type of litter?  What's the best scoop?  How many litter boxes?  What size litter box?  ...and, Where do I put the litterb...
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The “Scoop” About Litter Box Issues

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The "Scoop" about Litter Box Issues Today we’re tackling the sometimes smelly litter box issues.  Most cats use it with ease, but there are some tips and tricks you need to make sure they have the right accommodations for successful use. Location of Litter Box:   Firstly, you need to decide where the litter box will end up.  It is best to put it in a quiet and safe area in...
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What You Need To Know If Your Durham Dog or Cat Bites Someone

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What You Need To Know If Your Durham Dog or Cat Bites Someone One of our biggest fears as a pet owner is that our beloved Durham dog or cat will bite someone.  Every animal is capable of this act.  What triggers this aggressive behavior is topic for another blog.  Here, I'll detail what you can expect if your dog or cat bites someone.  I hope that by having this information...
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What is the Best Collar Color for your Cat?

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What is the Best Collar Color for your Cat? You love your kitty and can’t imagine anything happening to him or her, right? Well, then you may be shocked to learn that approximately 7-million pets go missing each year in the USA. What is probably even more shocking is to learn that only approximately 0nly 5% of cats are returned to their home (whereas 25% of dogs are reported a...
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How to Cat Proof Your Christmas Tree

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How to Cat Proof Your Christmas Tree Naturally, cats love trees. They must be euphoric when they spot that tree with all of those dangling and glittering things.  I’m sure they’re thinking that they have just struck the cat toy lottery! Okay, so cats may not really understand the purpose of a Christmas tree and they certainly don’t understand that those shiny bulbs aren’t h...
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Is It Normal For My Cat To Have Dandruff?

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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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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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Should I Be Worried About My Cat’s Weight Loss?

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Should I Be Worried About My Cat's Weight Loss? WEIGHT LOSS IN CATS Many owners get worried more when their cats gain weight than when they lose weight.  The cause of the weight gain may be simply because the cat is eating too much, but weight loss usually has more underlying causes. While there is no specified healthy weight for cats, a weight loss of about one pound (...
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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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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 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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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 sp...
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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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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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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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