How to Select the Best Halloween Costume for Your Pet – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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It's Halloween season, everyone! I know most of you have been dying to dress up your pets and have been anticipating an excuse to do so. With that in mind here are some things to consider before buying the future Halloween costume for your pets. There are a few pets that will happily wear the Halloween costumes for us, but for most of us we have a hard time coercing them...
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What You Should Know Before Hiring a $10 Dog Walker – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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The Risks of Hiring a $10 Dog Walker or Pet Sitter Owning 3 pets of my own, I know the hard truth about the financial obligations associated with being a pet parent.  The regular medical checkups plus the unexpected emergency care; food; treats; toys; housing; leashes; etc.  Add to that the cost of care for your pet whenever you must be away - whether for midday dog walks ...
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What You Should Know Before Getting a Pot Bellied Pig – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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Are you looking for a pet that's different from most?  One that is super-cute and smart?  Is "Charlotte's Web" your favorite book?  Well, perhaps a pot bellied pig might be your perfect pet!  Here are a few things to consider, before making the choice to add Wilbur to your family. ZONING/PERMITS/REGISTRATION: You'll want to check your city/county ordinances to make su...
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Top 3 Benefits of Crate Training – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

To Crate Train or Not To Crate Train....  There are differing opinions on the method.  In this post, I'll share with you the Top 5 Benefits of Crate Training.  This information might help you make a decision as to whether or not it's a route you choose to take with your own dog. Many people are opposed to crate training because they feel the confinement is cruel. However, wh...
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Back to School Time – Tips for Helping Your Dog Adjust – Lucy’s Pet Care

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Summer is coming to a close and back to school pictures are being snapped by the hundreds. Days spent lounging in bed, on vacation, and playing with friends are traded for early mornings and classrooms. A house bustling with activity all day long turns quiet for long hours of the day. And this can leave your dog feeling confused and lonely.  You may even notice a change in appe...
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How to Puppy-Proof Your Home

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How to Puppy-Proof Your Home Puppies are bundles of energy and tend to get into all sorts of trouble indoors and outdoors. Certainly, this is because they are very curious about the world around them. Clearly, your goal is to protect the new member of the family and keep that puppy safe. The best course of action is to puppy proof your home, before bringing home the new pupp...
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Do I Need to Register My Dog as a Service, Emotional Support or Therapy Dog?

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Sometimes we need a little assistance getting through daily tasks. Whether it is due to mental or physical disabilities and ailments, there’s no shame in needing a helping hand. And sometimes that hand comes in the shape of a paw. That's why you may be wondering, "how do I register my dog as a service, emotional support or therapy dog?"  Well, we have some answers and links for...
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Top 10 Summer Safety Tips for Dogs – Lucy’s Pet Care

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Top 10 Summer Safety Tips for Dogs 1. Apply Sunscreen : Yep! Even your little pups need sunscreen if they spend more than just a little time in direct sunlight in the summer sun. This is especially true if they have fair skin or short hair. 2. Plenty of Water: This is probably the most common summer time problem for pets as well as people. This is especially true ...
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Memorial Day Weekend Fun with Your Dog – What To Do Memorial Day Weekend

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Memorial Day weekend is a great time to be able to relax with your family, enjoy some fun in the sun, and most of all celebrate the ones who have helped create the great country in which we live. And it’s not a true family celebration if someone is left out, Fido included! Here are a few “paw-some” ideas for Memorial Day Weekend fun with your dog. Go on a road trip Strap in ...
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3 Tips for Handling Potty Breaks in the Winter

3 Tips for Handling Potty Breaks in the Winter   We all know it’s not very pleasant to use a cold bathroom in the middle of winter.  So, it’s no surprise to know that our dogs feel the same discomfort when it’s cold outside.  Often, dogs refuse to go potty outside in the cold or rain, causing them to hold it all day and eventually have accidents in the house.  This is ...
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Tips for How to Stop Destructive Dog Behavior

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How To Stop Destructive Dog Behavior Sometimes you have a pup that just won't stop chewing and biting on your things while you are away. It could either be a behavioral problem in your dog, fear, separation anxiety or changes in the environment around them. That coupled with their doggie genetics could make for a destructive canine,  This can lead to intestinal problems, tee...
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What is the Best FIRST Pet for my Family? – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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What is the Best FIRST Pet for my Family? A Guide to Choosing Your Family's First Pet It can be hard to pick out the best first pet for your family, but, luckily we have some great information to help you along the way. Cats & Dogs The friendship between a child and his dog or cat is a tale as old as time; palling around and growing up together, but it’s not always as p...
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Fourth of July Safety Tips for Your Durham Dog

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Fourth of July Safety Tips for Your Durham Dog Fire up the grill and pull out the sparklers, it's time for food, family, friends, and fun! The 4th of July is a great time to celebrate American life with our loved ones. We may be having a blast, but your dog sees it differently. Make sure to know these Fourth of July safety tips to keep everyone safe and happy. Don't bring...
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Fun Places to Travel with Your Durham Dog

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Fun Places to Travel with Your Durham Dog Now that we have officially made it to the unofficial start of summer; where pools are open and beaches are packed, you may be itching to get out and about with your friends, family, and of course, your best four-legged friend.  Lucky for us, North Carolina has so many great places to visit that are all within weekend or day trip r...
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Hot Car Safety Tips for Dogs – Lucy’s Pet Care

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Hot Car Safety Tips for Dogs Even though it is technically still spring, we have already had some summer like temperatures here in the Carolinas. Summer may still be weeks away, but when the heat waves strike, the temperatures inside of your vehicle becoming increasingly dangerous.  It’s important you know these hot car safety tips for how to keep your pet safe in the risi...
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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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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 – Lucy’s Pet Care

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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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Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day With Your Pets

Valentine's Day is often filled with expectations of romance or sometimes even melancholy recollections. So, if you want to make sure you’re not let down this Valentine’s Day, make a date with your pet! Who better to spend a day of love with than your sweet, eager-to-please fur baby? Grab Lunch at A Dog Friendly Cafe:  Taking your dog out for lunch at a cute cafe and a g...
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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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