My Pet Hates the Crate. Now What?

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Last month we wrote about Crate Expectations and the benefits of having your dog or cat enjoy their crate. But what if you've tried and tried and your buddy still hates their crate? Our first recommendation is to try again. It may be worthwhile to work with a trainer who can put a different spin on their crate because, as we mentioned last month, there may come a time when y...
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Thinking About Getting a Cat?

Cats are such great company. They are adaptable, fun, a bit mysterious, and they love to cuddle. However, before you take the final leap and adopt a cat or kitten, there are a few secrets you should know. Cats are not as independent as some people think. While they can be a bit more independent than dogs, most cats like to hang out with their people. To thrive, they need goo...
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National Disaster Preparedness Month: How To Create an Emergency Plan for Your Pets!

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National Disaster Preparedness Month: How To Create an Emergency Plan for Your Pets! Fires, hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, floods, violent storms, and other natural disasters are some of the more common things that we prepare for. It may be beneficial to include parameters around how to handle our pets during those times. Pets being left behind during a disaster are lik...
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How Long Should a Dog Walk Be?

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We all know that our pets need adequate exercise, but how do you determine how much is enough? To figure out what your pooch needs in the way of activity, you'll have to consider several factors: your dog's age, size, breed, and health. If you have a healthy adult dog, they will need a minimum of 30 - 60 minutes of walking or other activity (chasing a ball, agility, hiking, ...
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Pet Fire Safety Tips

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Pet Fire Safety Tips: How to pet proof your home from fire hazards According to a study done by the National Fire Protection Association, house fires in homes that have pets affect 500,000 pets and their families each year. 1,000 house fires are caused by pets. Here are some safety tips with the help of Figo Pet Insurance that will help us pet lovers reduce the amount of unan...
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How To Keep Your Pet From Escaping – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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Is your pet an escape artist? Although the ingenuity many a fugitive pet demonstrates when escaping is impressive, at best, it's frustrating. And each escape may put your best friend in grave danger. Some pets are just opportunists, they see an open door or gate, and off they go on an adventure. Other pets are professional escape artists and will do anything to gain their freed...
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Crate Training 101 – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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Crate training your pet is widely recommended by dog trainers and veterinarians. Yet many people resist using a crate because they feel confinement is cruel or unfair. These same people happily put their child in a playpen to keep them safe, so why not your dog or cat? If a crate is used correctly - not as punishment - your best friend will be easier to manage, and most pets wi...
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How To Keep Your Dog Hydrated – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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Summertime again!  In the Carolinas, it's not uncommon if the temperatures are 80 degrees Fahrenheit or more! If summer means more outdoor activity, chances are that you will be bringing your four-legged best friend along for the fun. Dogs, just like humans, are made up of mostly water. If not more! 80% of your dog’s body is water in comparison to the 60% we are made of. ...
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Signs of Heat Exhaustion in Pets – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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Heat Exhaustion - Recognize the Signs Every summer, we talk about pets and how quickly they can get overheated; after all, they are wearing fur coats! Heat exhaustion is what happens before heatstroke, and it's best to learn to recognize it before it advances further, because heat stroke is deadly. Pets can't sweat out excess heat as we can, all they can do is pant ...
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Why Is My Cat Spraying? – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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Why Is My Cat Spraying? Your cat's most important sense is her sense of smell. It's how they communicate with the world. Spraying (urine marking) is how she stakes out her territory; she also rubs her cheeks, paws, and hips on things (including you) to put her scent on them. Scratching isn't just for sharpening claws; it's also another way that she leaves her scent beh...
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Dog Paw Injuries – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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Dog Paw Injuries Summertime means hiking, swimming, and oodles of outside time. A fun day with your pup can change quickly with a paw injury. Your dog's paw pads are tough, but a paw injury can occur even on a leisurely stroll. These pads are like the soles of your shoes. They cushion the foot, act as shock absorbers for bones and joints, insulate the foot from hot and cold...
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Did You Get A New Quarantine Pet?

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How exciting! We hope your new pet has had some time to relax and feel secure in your home. The first article about how to get pets ready for a new schedule will help your new best friend too. However, puppies and kittens have some special requirements for being alone at home. First, of course, is safety. If you're going out or are going back to work, you'll need a safe plac...
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Fact and Fiction About Fleas and Ticks – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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Test your knowledge - try and guess if these statements are fact or fiction. Fleas are harmless. Fiction! Fleas can cause more than just itchy skin and allergies; they can also spread tapeworm and bacteria. Worse, they feed on blood and can cause anemia in puppies and kittens. Fleas and Ticks are a problem all year long. Fact! Both fleas and ticks can be active all ...
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Pet Separation Anxiety After Quarantine – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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There have been many joys with the "stay at home" order and one has been the delight of extra time spent with our pets. They have made us laugh and have kept us company throughout this ordeal. But as restrictions are slowly lifted, our faithful friends may become confused by the changes ahead. They have all become accustomed to the extra snuggles and hugs over the past month...
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Tips on Flying with a Pet

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Flying with a pet can be confusing as well as complicated. Air travel can be risky with pets. Bulldogs, pugs, and Persian cats are especially susceptible to oxygen deprivation and over heating due to their short nasal passages. Consider all the alternatives to flying with your pet! If you are able to leave them at home with a sitter or a friend, that is probably ideal. If you d...
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How to Help Your Dog Lose Weight – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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How To Help Your Dog Lose Weight A cheat day here and there is okay, but you need to stick to the calorie limit that is appropriate for your dog. You can discuss with your vet what that may be, and what your dog’s goal weight should be. One source of excessive calories is giving your dog your scraps and bits of your food. That and the extra treats should be taken out ...
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How To Help Your Cat Lose Weight – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

Healthy cats are happier and tend to live longer.  Here are some tips to get your cat down to a healthy weight: First, you should consult your cat’s vet. Every cat is different, and every breed has their own uniqueness. Your vet can help you get started. The average cat only needs 20-30 calories per pound a day. See what is the calorie count on your cat’s food and h...
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Best Dog Breeds for Running – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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Before you start running with your dog, it's important to ease them into it. Start at a comfortable pace for both you and your dog and work your way up in speed and distance, as needed. Once you've been running with them for a week, add another half mile and ten minutes. After about a month or two, you and your dog should be able to handle a four- or five-mile run. It is recomm...
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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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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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