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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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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Triangle Area Places to Enjoy the Outdoors with Your Dog in Fall

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Triangle Area Places to Enjoy the Outdoors with Your Dog in Fall Check out these places where you can have a good time and pets are welcome. North Carolina Museum of Art Park- 2110 Blue Ridge Rd, Raleigh, NC 27607 See creative and amazing works of art along side your pup! There are gorgeous lawns and beautiful forested trails that you and your puppy will have hours of f...
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Things to Consider Before Becoming a Pet Owner

Owning a pet is an extremely rewarding experience.  Pets bring so much love, joy, laughter and enrichment to our lives.  However, there are many downsides to pet ownership of which you should be aware, before becoming a pet owner.  It's not all sunshine and roses.  Here are a few things to consider before becoming a pet owner. FINANCIAL BURDEN: MEDICAL:  There are regular...
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BEST DOG BREEDS FOR APARTMENT LIVING

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Best Dog Breeds for Apartment Living               Dogs are the most popular furry friend for people regardless where they live. Some dogs will thrive and be happy in an apartment sized castle, but some dogs need larger spaces in order to be happy and healthy. Of course, the general size of the dog is taken into consideration, but that’s not the only thing. It depends on how m...
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Eco-Friendly Litter Disposal + Dog Proof Litter Box Setup

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Owning two cats, Midas and Shadow, I've wanted to find an eco-friendly litter removal system.  I wanted to eliminate the wasteful practice of going through tons and tons of plastic bags, in the litter removal process.  I also wanted a way to keep my dog, Sammy Star, out of my litter boxes.  Here is the method I've curated for an eco-friendly litter removal system and dog pr...
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Best Pets for Small Children – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

Best Pets for Small Children Hamsters Hamsters are a classic and easy first pet. Hamsters are easy to train to use litter and relatively low maintenance. The small breeds of hamsters, especially the females, can be more aggressive. Experts suggest getting the larger breeds if they are meant to be pets for children. Hamsters should also be kept in a roomy cage with tunnels a...
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Dog Accessories: Where the Line between Necessary and Ridiculous?

As a dog owner, you want to provide the best possible accessories for your beloved pooch. Luckily for you, the pet industry is more than willing to answer your needs, and the amount of money that Americans (and pet owners in general) spend on their pets is staggering. However, no matter how much you love your pet and want to spoil them, there is a line between splurging a li...
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Pet Safe Candles – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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I love having candles burning in my home.  The soft, flickering light adds so much more interest to an area and ups the cozy factor.  However, also sharing my home with my 2 cats and my dog, I have to be very aware of safety issues associated with open flames.  I want to make sure my home decor is pet safe.  Thus, I've compiled this list of terrific pet safe candles options for...
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