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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DIY Home Remedies for Your Dog – Lucy’s Pet Care

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DIY Home Remedies for Your Pooch Your furry friend is just like one of the family and his care is an important part of your daily life. When your pup is facing a discomfort or health issue the fix maybe as close as your home. To help treat your pooch for some common canine problems, try the DIY home remedies listed below to get him on the road to recovery. Create Your Own...
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Outdoor Wildlife Tips – The Best Way to Care for Your Backyard Wildlife

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Outdoor Wildlife Tips Many people ask: "Why is spring time the busiest time of the year for people who want to preserve and rehabilitate wildlife?" The reason is because there is an influx of births in the wild during the spring! One thing that is important to point out while we are the subject of new births: Every year with the influx of births people who mean well upset...
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Paws-itively the Best Pet Carriers! – Lucy’s Pet Care

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Paws-itively the Best Pet Carriers If you're a pet owner, there will come a time when you need to transport your pet to the vet, groomer, kennel, daycare or for vacation travel.  And, to ensure you can do so easily and safely, you'll probably want to utilize a pet carrier.  Below, we've picked some of the best pet carriers from which to choose. Petmate Two Door Top Load P...
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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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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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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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What Does It Mean When My Durham Dog Is Lethargic?

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What Does It Mean When My Durham Dog Is Lethargic? Why is My Dog so Tired? Dogs are usually playful, happy, and curious beings. However, like humans, dog’s energy levels fluctuate depending on a number of factors. Things that can affect your dog’s energy include diet, fitness, stimulation, and health. If you notice your dog is suddenly lethargic without obvious reason,...
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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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9 Must-Have Apps for Dog Owners!

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9 Must-Have Apps for Dog Owners! Apps have become a significant part of modern life, there seems to be an app available for just about everything.  Did you know there plenty of apps out there now for you and your dog?  They are pretty cool apps, too -  if I do say so myself!  Keep reading to learn about 9 must have apps for dog owners! All are available on iOS and Android....
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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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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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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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