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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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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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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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 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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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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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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Top 3 Benefits of Crate Training – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

To Crate Train or Not To Crate Train....  There are differing opinions on the method.  In this post, I'll share with you the Top 5 Benefits of Crate Training.  This information might help you make a decision as to whether or not it's a route you choose to take with your own dog. Many people are opposed to crate training because they feel the confinement is cruel. However, wh...
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Ideas For What To Do With Stuff That Didn’t Sell At Your Garage Sale

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The weekend is drawing to a close and your garage sale customers are starting to dwindle.  You've had a successful garage sale...but, there are some unsold items.  Now you're wondering, "What am I gonna do with all of this stuff?!"  Here are some ideas to help you get rid of the rest of your unwanted things. IF YOU'RE STILL LOOKING TO MAKE SOME MONEY: List for Sal...
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Back to School Time – Tips for Helping Your Dog Adjust – Lucy’s Pet Care

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Summer is coming to a close and back to school pictures are being snapped by the hundreds. Days spent lounging in bed, on vacation, and playing with friends are traded for early mornings and classrooms. A house bustling with activity all day long turns quiet for long hours of the day. And this can leave your dog feeling confused and lonely.  You may even notice a change in appe...
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How to Puppy-Proof Your Home

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How to Puppy-Proof Your Home Puppies are bundles of energy and tend to get into all sorts of trouble indoors and outdoors. Certainly, this is because they are very curious about the world around them. Clearly, your goal is to protect the new member of the family and keep that puppy safe. The best course of action is to puppy proof your home, before bringing home the new pupp...
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How to Introduce a New Cat into the House – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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  How to Introduce a New Cat into the House! Getting a new pet is pretty exciting but can also be exhausting. You are introducing your cat to a totally new environment, which can stress the cat out and give them a few unwanted coping mechanisms.  Even the ride home for a cat can be slightly traumatizing. During the ride home you should avoid reckless driving and blaring ...
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Do I Need to Register My Dog as a Service, Emotional Support or Therapy Dog?

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Sometimes we need a little assistance getting through daily tasks. Whether it is due to mental or physical disabilities and ailments, there’s no shame in needing a helping hand. And sometimes that hand comes in the shape of a paw. That's why you may be wondering, "how do I register my dog as a service, emotional support or therapy dog?"  Well, we have some answers and links for...
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Top 10 Summer Safety Tips for Dogs – Lucy’s Pet Care

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Top 10 Summer Safety Tips for Dogs 1. Apply Sunscreen : Yep! Even your little pups need sunscreen if they spend more than just a little time in direct sunlight in the summer sun. This is especially true if they have fair skin or short hair. 2. Plenty of Water: This is probably the most common summer time problem for pets as well as people. This is especially true ...
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Pet Hair Be Gone! Tools to Get Rid of Pet Hair – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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No matter how much you love having pets in your life and home, you probably don't like the hair they shed on a daily basis. Both dogs and cats, including those with short hair and long hair, can shed so much that you climb off the couch looking like you have on a sweater. With the right tools, you really can eliminate all the hair that your pets shed. Sticker Brush Though...
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Dog Friendly Travel Spots in North Carolina – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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Dog Friendly Travel Spots in North Carolina Now that the weather is warming up it is the perfect time to take your dog out into the world and explore. Here are some places in NC that are dog friendly and a ton of fun! 1. Lucky's Dog Bar-Charlotte, NC Lucky's Dog bar is a similar concept to a cat cafe. You bring your dog and they can socialize with other dogs and yo...
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