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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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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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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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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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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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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Are You Ready for Your First Horse?

Dogs aren't the only best friend of man. Horses have not only been excellent vehicles of transportation, but they can be quite the pet as well. Horses are beautiful to look at and can help to develop good nurturing skills and a sense of responsibility in a young person. If you love horses and are thinking about getting one, here are a few things you should know. Do Your Resear...
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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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Do Pit Bulls Deserve Their Bad Rap?

A slang term for the American Pit Bull, American Staffordshire or Staffordshire Bull Terrier breeds, “pit bull” is now used as a catch-all name for any stocky, large-headed dog. Pit bull behavior, like that of any other breed, is a product of training and socialization. The primary reason why pit bulls have received such a bad reputation is that improper training and socializat...
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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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BEST PUPPY TOYS 2019 – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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Having a new puppy in your household is a lot of fun!  And, takes a lot of energy!  So, you'll want to have a good supply and variety of toys on-hand to help keep them happy, active and strong!  Here is a list of 5 of the Best Puppy Toys as compiled from Amazon reviews, as of the printing of this blog post.  We've listed them in no particular order. Teething Chew Toy Set...
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3 Tips for Teaching Children How to Interact with Dogs

Help Them To Be Patient Dogs are territorial by nature. They guard their personal space, and they use it to control the pace of interactions with humans. Children, especially those under the age of six, have a minimal sense of physical boundaries. They don’t think twice about rushing toward a dog, putting their hands in its face or grabbing at it, and that’s a recipe for a n...
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Make Sure Your Dog’s Food Has These 3 Things

There are more brands of dog food that you can probably care to count to accumulate throughout our supermarkets. When choosing, you may wonder if it's best to go for the most affordable, the kind that you see promoted most often, or the kind that just has the best packaging. In actuality, you need to study it and make sure that it contains the following three things: A Good Bl...
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Hamster Care – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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Hamsters are low maintenance in comparison to other pets, but it's imperative that the needs that they have are met. Hamsters are inexpensive and not as time consuming to care for as other pets and are social once you are able to get them acclimated to you. One of the first things you'll need to care for your hamster is a large cage with plenty of room for them to run around...
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What Room Fragrances Are Pet Safe? Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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“What Room Fragrances Are Pet Safe?” When having pets, covering odors is big topic. We don’t want our homes to smell just like our pets, but we also don’t want anything that will potentially harm them. The waxes and wicks of candles may be toxic. If your pet gets into them, it could potentially be dangerous for their health. The best candles to get for burning in your home are...
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Help! My Dog Is Overweight! – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

60% or more of dogs that veterinarians see in the US are overweight. Of that 60%, half of those are considered obese. Excessive weight in dogs can lead to many health problems. Joint disease, metabolic issues as well as inflammation are among the issues that can arise in an overweight dog. Obese dogs normally will live shorter lives than their less overweight peers. How ove...
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