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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Do’s and Don’ts of Dogs at Daycare

Many people bring their pets to their child's daycare center to mingle with the little ones. Thankfully, most pets do well with children, but they can easily be overly excited by all the bustling about and the noise. If you're contemplating taking your pet to daycare, then here are a few things to consider. Talk to Children About Dog Safety Before you bring a dog into a dayca...
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How to Prepare Your Yard for Your New Puppy

Congratulations on the upcoming arrival of your new furry family member. Dogs are sweet, intelligent, and sociable animals—all excellent characteristics for a pet. However, before you welcome the sweet pup into your home, you'll have to make certain adjustments to your environment. Here are some tips on how to get your yard ready for your new puppy. Fencing First and foremost...
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5 Low Maintenance Pets – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

Are you an animal lover with a busy lifestyle?  You'd love to have a pet, but, are fearful you don't have the time available to devote to a beloved pet?  Although, all creatures deserve to have love, attention and care, some animals don't require as much as others.  Here's a list of a few: Budgie Bird Budgie birds are one of the most popular pets after cats and dogs. Th...
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Puppy Proofing Your Yard

Once people adopt a puppy, they become mindful of potential dangers and issues for their new pet. You may want your puppy to enjoy the outdoors in the yard, but you also worry about anything dangerous. Keep these points in mind so that your puppy can stay safe while having fun. Common Yard Hazards While people may not worry about certain things when it's just adults at the ho...
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Tips for Preparing to Bring Home a New Pet

Whether you're into puppies, kittens, hamsters, snakes or pigs, getting a new pet for your household can be a very rewarding experience. Pets bring love, laughter and companionship into a home in a way that few other things can. However, before buying or rescuing a new animal, there are a few things to take care of first. Prepare Animal Housing Your new furry, scaly, or feath...
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Winter Exercise Tips for Dogs – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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Winter Exercise Tips For Dogs! Even though the weather outside is frightful, your doggy friends still need to get their daily exercise. Not only is it important for their physical and mental health, but it is an important part of the relationship between you and your pup. Here are some ways to get those exercises in without having to go outside. Think of games to play wit...
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How You Can Help Your Dog Be More Social

There are a lot of reasons why your dog may need some extra practice in socialization. Maybe they are naturally an anxious pup, or perhaps past experience has made them uncomfortable around people and dogs they don't know. No matter the reason, there are a few ways that you can help your furry friend improve their social skills, even if it’s your first time owning a dog. Daily...
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How to Safely Interact With a Stranger’s Dog

Dogs are known for being man’s best friend, and for good reason. However, not all dogs may seem as friendly as they appear. Let’s say you and a passerby strike up a conversation, and you notice his or her dog is a little antsy. If the owner allows it, you need to approach the dog with caution. You don’t know what kind of personality he has. Let Them Smell One of the first thi...
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Lazy Cat Owner Gift Ideas – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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It's a myth that all cats just sleep and groom all day.  Even the laziest of cats enjoys some bursts of energy to play, hunt, run and jump.  And, many cats have even more energy...especially, kittens.  They can seemingly play for hours on-end!  And, many times, their owners get worn out before their cats expend all their energy.  So, whether or not you're a lazy cat owner, or y...
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Pet Safe Holiday Plants – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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Pet Safe Holiday Plants The holidays are here! Before you begin to decorate your home with the traditional holiday plants, make sure you aren’t putting anything up that could potentially harm your pet.  Here are some wonderful alternatives to the traditional plant and flower options. Replace Mistletoe with Christmas Cactus! Mistletoe can be fatal for dogs and most mamma...
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