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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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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Do’s and Don’ts of Dogs at Daycare

Many people bring their pets to their child's daycare center to mingle with the little ones. Thankfully, most pets do well with children, but they can easily be overly excited by all the bustling about and the noise. If you're contemplating taking your pet to daycare, then here are a few things to consider. Talk to Children About Dog Safety Before you bring a dog into a dayca...
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Puppy Proofing Your Yard

Once people adopt a puppy, they become mindful of potential dangers and issues for their new pet. You may want your puppy to enjoy the outdoors in the yard, but you also worry about anything dangerous. Keep these points in mind so that your puppy can stay safe while having fun. Common Yard Hazards While people may not worry about certain things when it's just adults at the ho...
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How to Safely Interact With a Stranger’s Dog

Dogs are known for being man’s best friend, and for good reason. However, not all dogs may seem as friendly as they appear. Let’s say you and a passerby strike up a conversation, and you notice his or her dog is a little antsy. If the owner allows it, you need to approach the dog with caution. You don’t know what kind of personality he has. Let Them Smell One of the first thi...
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Keep Them Calm and Drive On — What to Keep in Mind When Driving With Your Dog

Many dogs love nothing more than cruising with their humans with the music up and the window down. Other dogs, however, became anxious about even being near a vehicle much less inside of one. Even if your dog loves riding in the car and has many trips under his or her collar, there are some things to keep in mind while driving with your furry friend in your automobile. Be Safe...
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3 Tips to Keep Your Pet Safe This Halloween

Halloween is a very exciting time of year, but your pet might not be looking forward to this day. In general, Halloween involves a lot of different kids and people coming to your door. The doorbell is ringing continuously, children are laughing and making a lot of noise and there are people in costume. To a pet, this is a very confusing situation to be in. While you might be bu...
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How to Protect Your Dog from Storms

Many dogs get frightened when they hear a storm coming. Thunderstorms and other types of inclement weather can cause your dog to feel stressed which can lead to shaking, hiding, excessive panting and even destructive behaviors. If you have a dog that gets nervous when they sense bad weather coming, you can implement some of these ideas to help protect your dog from storms. Mak...
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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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Safe Plants to Have Around Pets – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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Safe Plants to Have Around Pets Some pets turn our plants into little snacks. There are several different reasons as to why. It could be they do so to calm an upset stomach, or it could be seen as recreational play when they chew on the plant. Even sometimes if we think we have the plant out of our pets' reach they still find a way to chew on it! Here are some nontoxic plants ...
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How to Make Your Move Less Stressful on Your Dog

When moving to a new home, there are quite a few things to think about. For one, you may have to sell your existing home or find a tenant for it. The house has to be ready to show. There are loads of things to pack and possible repairs to consider. When you add a dog to the mix, it can be complete chaos. However, there are a few ways to prepare your pup for the move and keep yo...
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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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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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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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Something You Should Know About In-Your-Home Pet Sitting…

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When you choose us for in-your-home pet sitting rather than boarding, you might not realize the terrific additional services that are included for free.  These services can be worth hundreds....to thousands....of dollars! I'd like to site a recent example of how our in-your-home pet sitter caught a serious problem that could have had disastrous outcome, if she hadn't bee...
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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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What You Need For Your New Kitten – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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You're bringing home a new kitten!  Congratulations on your new fur baby!  Here's a list of basic supplies you'll need to make sure your new kitten has everything she needs to be comfortable in her new home. Food and Water You'll want to select low-lipped food and water dishes to ensure your tiny kitten can access rations.  Even a small plate for food can work well.  Prov...
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Run with Your Dog – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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Looking for another fun way to spend quality time with your dog?  And, have the bonus of burning off extra energy and keeping you and your pup happy and healthy?  Considering taking your pup along as your running/jogging partner?  Read on for tips to make sure you take the proper steps to ensure positive results. Build Up To Full Speed: Just as with humans, canines need t...
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Why Your Dog Is The First Line Of Defense For Your Home

There are multiple reasons why your dog is the first line of defense for your home. Some people think a dog is only a pet, but what they don't realize is a dog is more a part of the family than they think. So much so, in fact, that most dogs are loyal to their owners and will do what it takes to make sure their family is not harmed. Barking Many see this as an annoying ...
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Best Summertime Dog Toys – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

Ahhhh, it's finally summer!  And, a great time for fun, special, outdoor play with your dog!  Looking for ideas of the best summertime dog toys?  Here are some that might spark your dog's interest!  Kiddie Pool This is a good 'ol standby!  Great for dogs of all sizes, as you can adjust the depth of the water.  Your dog might enjoy splashing in it or may just plop down f...
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