Pet Insurance Pros and Cons – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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Animal medicine has seen some significant improvements within the past 10 years. These advancements come with a higher cost to pet owners. This has resulted in a higher cost for pet insurance.  Less than 1% of pets are insured in America. Knowing the pros and cons of pet insurance can help you decide if insuring your pet is right for you.   Pros:   -You only have to pay...
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6 Ways to Naturally Get Rid of Pet Odors In Your Home

Being a pet parent is very rewarding.  It's so great to be greeted at the door by our furry friends after a long day away!  However, we'd like wagging tails, purrs and kisses to be our only greeting...and, not unwanted pet odors.  Here are 6 ways to naturally get rid of pet odors in your home.  These are all methods that I've found to be very effective in my own home.  OPE...
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3 Secrets To Getting the Most From Your Pet Sitter

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Let's be real...hiring a professional pet sitter is an expense.  And, it can add-up when you need pet care over several days/weeks.  So, you'll want to maximize the value you get from every pet visit.  Here are my insider's 3 Secrets to getting the most from your pet sitter.  CHOOSE THE RIGHT LENGTH OF TIME You might be tempted to opt for the shortest length of ...
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FIV What You Need To Know – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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FIV, or Feline Immunodeficiency Virus, affects cats worldwide. FIV is the most-similar to human HIV.  Symptoms sometimes do not manifest until up to a year after contracting the virus. Once it begins to manifest the cat's immune system is weakened greatly, which leads them at risk for other diseases. FIV is not typically fatal for cats, as they can live relatively healthily as ...
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Safe Game Day Snacks To Share With Your Dog – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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It's Football Season!  And, we don't like to leave our furry family members on the bench!  Whether you're tailgating at the game or watching at home, you can easily include your furry friend in the Football Foods Fun.  Here is a list of Top Scoring safe Game Day snacks to share with your dog. FRUIT Looking to balance your not-so-healthy food choices with some good one...
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This Story Will Make You Think Twice Before Boarding Your Pets

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As pet parents, we have several options for care of our pets whenever we must be away from home.    And, we always want the best for our furry babies, so we do our due diligence in researching the very best choice.  Boarding your pets is a popular choice.  I'm writing this post in hopes to help with your research to consider something you might not otherwise put into the mix wh...
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Lyme Disease And Your Dog – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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Lyme disease is caused by the spirochete bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi. It is transmitted to humans and dogs by ticks. It is common in the northeast United States. It is difficult to diagnose because most dogs and people who test positively for it are not clinically ill. Only about 10% of positively tested dogs will ever develop clinical symptoms. A lot of vets would argue that...
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Moving With Your Cat – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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Moving house can be an exciting time!  However, it can also bring lots of stress.  This stress not only affects the humans in our household, but, it affects our pets, as well.  Cats can be particularly sensitive to changes in surroundings.  In this blog, I'll share with you some tips for making the move with as minimal stress to your kitty, as possible. Preparing For Travel:...
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How To Stop Puppy Nipping – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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Puppies love to play! One of their ways of playing that can be problematic is biting. We want to nip puppy nipping in the bud ahead of time before they get any bigger than a year or so. The overall end of this is to make them stop biting all together. The first lesson is to teach the puppy to be gentle and that we have a more fragile skin protecting us. To start off with...
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Something You Should Know About In-Your-Home Pet Sitting…

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When you choose us for in-your-home pet sitting rather than boarding, you might not realize the terrific additional services that are included for free.  These services can be worth hundreds....to thousands....of dollars! I'd like to site a recent example of how our in-your-home pet sitter caught a serious problem that could have had disastrous outcome, if she hadn't bee...
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Sun Protection For Your Dog – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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Summer is a great time to take your dog out on some adventures. Applying sunscreen is important for you, but, is also important for your pet!  Here are some tips for your dog's sun protection. Sunscreen: When chosing a sunscreen for you and your pet, you should pick one that blocks UVA and UVB rays. Products that block both will normally be labled "broad spectrum". Br...
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What You Need For Your New Kitten – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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You're bringing home a new kitten!  Congratulations on your new fur baby!  Here's a list of basic supplies you'll need to make sure your new kitten has everything she needs to be comfortable in her new home. Food and Water You'll want to select low-lipped food and water dishes to ensure your tiny kitten can access rations.  Even a small plate for food can work well.  Prov...
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Run with Your Dog – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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Looking for another fun way to spend quality time with your dog?  And, have the bonus of burning off extra energy and keeping you and your pup happy and healthy?  Considering taking your pup along as your running/jogging partner?  Read on for tips to make sure you take the proper steps to ensure positive results. Build Up To Full Speed: Just as with humans, canines need t...
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Where to Get Frozen Dog Treats in Durham – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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Summertime is upon us!  This means lots of fun outdoor play with our pooches:  hiking, swimming, wading, rolling in the grass, playing fetch, etc.  Once playtime is over, we love to treat our pups to something tasty and refreshing to help cool them down.  Here are some frosty ideas of yummy goodies you can get here in Durham! Ice Cream at Oliver's Collar Dog Treat Bakery and...
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What You Need to Know Before Getting a Ferret – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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Ferrets are fairly social creatures. If you have a ferret, they need to be out of their cage at least 4 hours a day. You should play with them at least two of those hours or more if they are the only ferret in your household. They basically need companionship. More space and socialization they have the happier they will be. If this sounds like you would run into issue...
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Father’s Day Gift Ideas for Pet Dads – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

Do you know a Proud Pet Father?  Is he just the most caring, loving, compassionate pet parent on the planet?  Will he do anything for his furry, feathered, finned or scaled friend? Whether or not he's a parent to a human child or fur babies, he's still a GREAT DAD!  Here are some ways to help him celebrate Father's Day! Handmade Greeting Card: I love to shop on Etsy.co...
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When Boarding is Best for your Pet- Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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Here at Lucy's Pet Care, we actively Relieve Pet Parent Guilt by coming to your home to care for your pets.  Our service has many advantages for your pets and you:  convenience; built-in home care services; continuity of care for your pets with regards to environment, schedule and food; etc.  However, there are instances when we may not be the best option for your household.  H...
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Best Summertime Dog Toys – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

Ahhhh, it's finally summer!  And, a great time for fun, special, outdoor play with your dog!  Looking for ideas of the best summertime dog toys?  Here are some that might spark your dog's interest!  Kiddie Pool This is a good 'ol standby!  Great for dogs of all sizes, as you can adjust the depth of the water.  Your dog might enjoy splashing in it or may just plop down f...
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10 Ways to Keep Your Indoor Pet Happy – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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How To Keep Your Indoor Pet Happy 1. Make sure you make time for your pet. You are a big focal point in your pets world! You should consciously try to make time for at least one play session a day with your pet. This is beneficial to you both as it can relieve stress, and also help with hyper active pets that will sometimes damage things in the home when cooped ...
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What To Do if You Have a Lost Pet – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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Losing a pet can be a scary experience, even if it is just for a short while. Hopefully, some of these tips will help you track down or prevent losing your pet. Check the neighborhood. It may behoove you to check the close by neighborhoods as well. This will just involve old-fashioned footwork--driving through, walking through, asking letter carriers, etc. If your neigh...
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