Unique Pet Lover Gift Ideas – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

The holidays are here! You may be actually looking forward to picking out gifts for all your family and friends! Or, you are like the rest of us and have no idea where to start. Here are a few unique pet lover gift ideas to get your creative juices flowing. 1. Personalized Dog Pillow from personalizationmall.com You can display what your dog means to you and a little ...
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Why We Need to Be Encouraging Therapy Animals in Hospitals

Why We Need to Be Encouraging Therapy Animals in Hospitals
For a long time, people have kept pets for companionship. Now, modern science suggests that interacting with these animals can also offer a host of health benefits, provided that the animals are gentle and friendly. This is why animal-assisted therapy in hospital is increasingly gaining acceptance and popularity. Today, dogs, cats and other animals can be used to not only l...
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Does Temperature Matter? 4 Ways Your Home’s Temperature Affects Your Pets

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When the temperatures outside become unbearable in the hot summer months and frigid winter wind, humans can close the windows and switch on the heating and air conditioning units. While humans can listen to the clues their bodies give as to when to turn up the dial on the thermostat, our pets are not able to let us know when they're feeling too hot or too cold. Temperature...
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10 Safety Tips for Dog Walking After Dark- Lucy’s Pet Care

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10 Dog Walking After Dark Safety Tips Now that the time has changed to Standard Time and the days are getting shorter, it's impossible to avoid walking our dogs after dark.  So, I thought I'd write this post with some tips to help you and your pup stay safe. 1. DON'T WEAR VALUABLES Or, at least don't wear jewelry that's clearly visible to potential thieves. 2....
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5 DIY Cat Treat Recipes for Thanksgiving – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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Looking to bake-up some LOVE for your feline over the Thanksgiving holiday?  Here are some tried-and-true recipes to give you some inspurration! HOMEMADE SALMON AND OAT TREATS My cats (and dog!) LOVE anything with seafood.  If your felines are the same, then try baking these crunchy treats for them.  And, they have the added, hidden appeal of catnip!  Check out the re...
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3 DIY Homemade Thanksgiving Dog Treat Recipes – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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Thanksgiving is a holiday that's a time to enjoy family, friends and...food!  As we're also thankful for our canine family members, why not show them some extra love by making them their own homemade Thanksgiving dog treats?  Looking for some cooking inspiration?  Here are some tasty Thanksgiving dog treat recipe ideas that may be of help! PUMPKIN PIE DOG TREATS (courtesy...
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10 Ways to Relieve Dog Boredom – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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10 Ways to Relieve Dog Boredom 1.       Play Hide and Seek With Your Pup A good way to relieve dog boredom is playing a little game of hiding treats with you dog. This will be entertaining for them and filling. You’ll also be teaching them some nose work techniques will tiring them out before guest come over. 2.       “Which Hand” game This is another way to work ...
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“Who Gets Dad’s Dog?” The Guide to Inheriting Pets

“Who Gets Dad's Dog?" The Guide to Inheriting Pets
The death of a family member can be extremely stressful in many ways. Not only do you have to deal with the loss of a loved one, but sometimes you also have to deal with the legal aftermath, often involving probate law. Preparation beforehand can help make the process go smoother, but one thing that is often forgotten in the preparations is what happens to the deceased’s pe...
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5 Proper Etiquette Tips for Taking Animals on Pet-Friendly Public Transit Systems

Pets become family to any pet owner. We want them with us all the time. If you’re lucky enough to live in a city with pet-friendly transit (yes, those exist!), you’ll no doubt jump at the opportunity to really take your furry friend with you when you’re out and about. Here are a few guidelines to ensure that you, your pet, and other passengers have good experience. Read the Ru...
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Taking Care of Your Pet When You’re Not Home

Taking Care of Your Pet When You're Not Home
Planning a vacation or going on a business trip? Who’s going to take care of your dog or cat while you’re away? Whether you’re away for 2 days or 2 weeks, you will need someone to look after your pet’s physical and emotional needs. How long can my pet be left alone? Young and old dogs have more difficulty being alone than than middle-aged dogs. “Young” is between 6-19 ...
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5 Reasons Pets Require More Attention Than Owners Give

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There are numerous benefits from having pets in your home, but your beloved dogs and cats require more attention. Here are five reasons why your pet needs additional attention from you. Physical Activity On a Daily Basis You already know that humans have problems with a lack of exercise, but pets are also not engaging in enough physical activity. Daily exercise and your love...
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5 Healthy Ways to Help Your Hyper Puppy Calm Down

Puppies are at an age when they are playful and need better control over their actions. They could get into a lot of trouble that causes injury to themselves or others. Also, they must learn proper behaviors to stay healthy and avoid getting into conflicts. Learn 5 effective ways to help calm your energetic puppy. Use Relaxation Techniques Calm your dog by using relaxation ...
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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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5 Ways Pets are Impacted by New Environments

Cats and dogs can be remarkable companions, but when a relationship ends in divorce, it can be just as stressful for them as it is for you. It is important to know that pets can be impacted by new environments, and it could end up causing irreparable harm. In some cases, the divorce attorney can help you make the best decision possible for you and your pet. Behavioral Issues ...
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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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What You Should Know Before Getting a Pet Rodent – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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Rodents, although small, do require quite a bit of pet care. They are basically tiny escape artists and can be ultra-sensitive to sound and light. Basic Requirements of Rodents Housing in stable and compatible groups. You should take into account the gender, age, reproductive condition, familiarity, and general past of your rodents before housing them together Enclos...
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What Gives the Better Warning Signs: Pets or Alarm Systems?

Dogs have always been man's best friend. They've been utilized as a welcomed alert system to protect one's life and property way before home alarm systems were even thought about. However, with the recent advancements in the technological field, it raises security questions. What alert system is more effective, the dog or the electronic home security system? A Note About Home...
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How to Keep Your Pets Safe in a Hurricane – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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"A new forecast says the 2017 hurricane season could be worse than normal — and the potential impact on North Carolina could be increasingly troublesome. Both the Weather Channel and the National Weather Service say the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season, which begins June 1 and ends Nov. 30, will be more active than usual, and the number of named storms and hurricanes should b...
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5 Ways to Solve Your Litter Box Problems – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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Has your cat stopped using her litter box?  You're constantly cleaning-up other areas -- either right around the box or in various places in your home?  Perhaps, there has been irreparable damage to some items?  And, you're wondering how to get her back on track?  Well, you've come to the right place!  Here are my 5 Ways to Solve Your Litter Box Problems.  These are based on my...
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