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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Why Is My Cat Peeing Outside the Litter Box?

What most people say is that cats are peeing to "get back at us" when they pee outside of their litter box. While it may be annoying and frustrating to come home to cat pee, it's important for cat owners to understand that the cat is trying to communicate something to us. With a bit of investigative work, you should be able to determine the reason why and eliminate the cause...
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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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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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Things Your Dog Shouldn’t Eat (And What To Do If They Do)

The dog may be the four-legged kid in the family, and it is tempting to slip him a treat from the dinner table now and then. However, there are some things that a dog shouldn't eat. Foods that are perfectly good for humans can be poisonous for dogs, sometimes fatally so. Here is a list of thing a dog shouldn't eat and what to do if they eat it anyway: Chocolate It is temptin...
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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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Should You Give Your Pet Probiotics?

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Health-conscious people have fueled a vast market for nutritional supplements, and this market includes everything from pills to drinks. As a pet lover who considers your furry friends part of your family, you want them to get all of the same benefits you look for yourself. Of course, you naturally want to have some assurance that you are helping, not hurting, them. What Are ...
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How Holistic Health Is Changing The Nature Of Petcare

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Holistic medicine involves a variety of disciplines including homeopathy, herbal remedies, massage therapy, nutrition, laser light therapy, and acupuncture. Although most commonly used for people, {holistic health techniques} are easily applied to pets. How Holistic Techniques Can Help Pets Holistic means treating the whole body. Holism is defined by the theory that ever...
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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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