Ouch, Did My Cat Just Bite Me?

Ouch, Did My Cat Just Bite Me? Your cat may bite for many reasons; certainly she is trying to communicate something to you. It's essential to figure out when and why a bite happens so you can avoid them in the future. Often, bites occur during petting or playing.  A common cat parent complaint is a sudden bite that seems to happen out of the blue. But is it actually...
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Help, My Dog Eats Anything and Everything!

Help, My Dog Eats Anything and Everything! Ask any vet; eating yucky or crazy things is a very common problem, and it's not just a problem with puppies. Some dogs never seem to outgrow chewing (and swallowing) just about anything. If this describes your buddy, you are probably looking for a solution. Check-in with your vet to ensure there isn't a medical reason for this beh...
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2022 New Year’s Resolutions – Again!

2022 New Year's Resolutions - Again! Out with the old and in with the new! Are you ready? This year let's focus on healthy pet resolutions (they will help humans too). Most of us are ready for renewed hope in 2022! Of course, for us people, just having a pet in our home is a great start since we know many of the health benefits. Studies show that pets lower our blood p...
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Thanksgiving Traditions That Include Pets

Thanksgiving Traditions That Include Pets We all have traditions that we've carried over from our families, but consider adding a few that include not only your guests but your pets too. How about a morning turkey trot? Get the turkey ready and in the oven, and round up your guests (and Fido) for a quiet morning walk. Back home, turn on the TV and watch the parade w...
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Thanksgiving Treats for Cat and Dogs

Thanksgiving Treats for Cat and Dogs Speaking of gratitude, we know many of you like to share your Thanksgiving meal with your best friend as a way to show your love and appreciation for him. However, we also know that changing your pet's food can result in tummy upset. So, it's important you only give your cat or dog a few suitable treats from your feast. First, we want...
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An Attitude of Gratitude

An Attitude of Gratitude! We know that title sounds like a cliche, but after the past 20 months, this is as good a time as any to embrace gratitude. We've read oodles of times that being grateful will lead to a more positive outlook in our lives. Just what we need! Thanksgiving is the perfect time to start with gratitude, regardless of the challenges you've had over the ...
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How Do I Properly Socialize My Dog?

Ideally you socialize your dog when they are a puppy. During their first year, puppies are the most sensitive and receptive to new experiences. If you are working on socializing your puppy it is important to start with the familiar, be cautious with other dogs, and stick to a routine. Start with the Familiar  At first when you are socializing your dog with indiv...
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Are You Wasting Your Money At The Vet? Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

Are You Wasting Your Money At The Vet? We all know veterinary care is expensive but did you know that you may be sabotaging your vet visits? Here are some tips to get the most from your veterinary visits. Number one tip is don't make your appointment on a Monday or Friday if you can help it; those are usually the busiest times at any vet's offi...
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Do I Need To Groom My Cat Daily? Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

Do I Need To Groom My Cat Daily? You're thinking... "huh, my cat grooms herself all day long, why does she need to be brushed?" That's a good question, and we've got a great answer! If your feline is long-haired, you should brush her at least a few times a week. If you have a short-haired kitty, then once a week should be enough. But with all the grooming most ...
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Why Does My Pet Smell? Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

P.U. - Why Does My Pet Smell? Most of us love to snuggle with our pets, but once in a while, we'll lean in for a kiss - and YUCK! What is that smell!? If you find yourself avoiding your pet, read on! Actually, there are many reasons your pet may smell bad. We'll start with the most obvious - did your buddy roll in something? The first thing to do is examine him for ...
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What To Do About Car Anxiety in Pets – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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Car Anxiety In Our Pets The sun is out, the weather is great - this is the time of year many people like to do something! It may be a hike in the woods, a walk on the beach, a trip to the cottage, or even a check-up at the vet's office. If a road trip with your pet is in your future, here are some tips for making it more fun for everyone. Sadly, many people only take their ...
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Is Your Cat Bored? Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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Is Your Cat Trying To Tell You She's Bored? Humans have many boredom busters: we can read, watch TV, surf the internet, or talk on the phone. But unfortunately, when our pets get bored, they don't have as many boredom busters at a paw's reach. Often it's the cat that suffers; most people walk their dogs, toss a tennis ball, or take them for a ride in the car for a change of sc...
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Test Your Pet Knowledge With a Quiz!

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Test Your Pet Knowledge With a Quiz! Who has more varied vocalizations, dogs or cats? If you guessed dogs, you're totally and completely wrong! Cats have up to 100 vocal sounds. Dogs, on the other hand, have about 10! Who received more mail, President Clinton or his cat Socks? Ok, this one was easy, of course, it was Socks! We wonder if he wrote back? Dalmatians ar...
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How to Stop Puppy Nipping

For a while, everything your puppy does is adorable. Eventually of course, certain behaviors can become frustrating the longer they continue, and nipping is one of the worst culprits of incurring stress between pet and pet parent. With every puppy, however, there are ways to lessen and discourage this behavior, and these three are some of the most effective. Seek Assistanc...
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What Does Your Dog’s Growling Mean?

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What Does Your Dog's Growling Mean? Grrrrrrrr... often when a dog growls, it's a warning - time for you to step back and assess the situation. Growling can happen for a variety of reasons: when a dog is afraid, in pain, or needs you to back away from its territory or possessions.  However, many dogs growl when they play, so let's not panic when we hear a growl. Just like ba...
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Why You Need to Groom Your Pets More Often

When it comes to grooming your pet, it can seem like something that falls through the cracks easily. It can be such a hassle to get your dog into the bathtub and it’s often easier to just forego the bath. But grooming your pets can do more than just improve your pet’s appearance.  Cleaner Appearance According to Redbarn, one of the most important reasons for grooming your...
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Help! My Cat is Scratching the Furniture!

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Here is the bad news.... cats like to scratch. It's an entirely normal and natural activity. Scratching helps your kitty keep her nails clean and sharp, alleviates stress, exercises her shoulders and neck. Plus, your feline's paws contain scent glands, so scratching releases her unique smell to mark your home. All of these benefits make scratching standard behavior, even if you...
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3 Essential Skills Your Dog Should Know

Dog training is a necessary part of pet ownership, especially when you live in an urban or suburban area. Dogs need to learn to respect you as their pack leader. The good news is that they are eager to understand and do as you ask. Here are three ideas that you should consider when training your furry, four-legged companion and friend. Voice Commands Getting started with ...
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What You Should Know About Fleas as a Pet Owner

Cold winters will kill fleas outdoors, but it only takes one flea to latch itself onto your pet to start an indoor infestation. You will need to treat your pet, your home and your yard to completely get rid of these dangerous pests. Here are some things to know about fleas and your pet. Treating Infestations You need to treat your pets first to keep them comfortable. You can ...
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How to Choose the Best Groomer for Your Dog

Dogs are valuable members of your family, and they deserve the best care possible. Healthy meals, exercise, regular visits to the vet are essential for the well-being. However, grooming is also very valuable. Handling your dog's grooming needs requires careful research and sound decision making. You can either groom your dog by yourself at home or visit a professional dog groom...
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