Are You Ready to Become a Foster Pet Parent?

Are You Ready to Become a Foster Pet Parent?   Becoming foster pet parent is a temporary, yet considerable, commitment for both you and the foster pet. A foster home for pets is an incredibly important part of their adoption process. Having a safe home where they can socialize and learn a routine is key to make sure they can successfully be adopted.  If you’re thin...
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Holiday Pet Safety Tips

  Holiday Pet Safety Tips.  It’s finally here, Christmas Day!  And, New Year’s is right around the corner.  With all the festivities, it’s easy to overlook some simple safety tips that will keep your pets out of harm’s way this holiday season.  Our furry family may love the extra attention and treats they get this time of year; but they don’t always understand it or...
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Is it Okay to Give a Dog as a Gift?

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  The holidays are around the corner and you may be thinking about getting a new dog as a gift for the family.  While you should never give a dog as a gift to someone unexpectedly, a dog can be a great present for an older child or loved one.  There is a lot to consider when bringing a new life into your home.  Do you want to crate or let them sleep with you?  Will ...
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Can Veteran Dogs Suffer from PTSD?

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Dogs have been used in armies since the Romans and Greeks sent Mastiffs equipped with full armor into combat situations. There are currently more than 2,500 military working dogs in the US forces. Military working dogs are deployed to war zones, help in search and rescue missions, detect drugs and explosives and accompany Special Forces operatives on special missions. Ar...
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Pet Bereavement Resources for Pet Loss – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

Pet Bereavement Resources for Pet Loss It’s never easy to lose someone that you love. Pet loss can be felt deeply and for many years.  When you have a companion that is by your side for years, it can be hard to cope with their passing.  Some people, mostly non pet parents, like to marginalize your loss.  They’ll say things like, “Well, at least it wasn’t your parents, or c...
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How to Keep Your Pets Safe on Halloween

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It’s hard to believe that Halloween is already coming up and will be here next weekend.  Usually, this day is full of spooky events and is mostly a harmless holiday to which everyone looks forward.  It gives us a chance to dress up as our favorite character or haunt, eat tons of candy and basically just have a killer time with friends or family.  However, you need to make sure ...
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Tips on How to Prepare for Your First Cat – Lucy’s Pet Care

Tips on How to Prepare for Your First Cat Over the weekend my best friend adopted two kittens.  They are so stinking cute, I mean absolutely adorable.  It doesn’t help that I almost always have kitten fever.  I just love them so much, from their lovable little faces their fluffy little bottoms that rise when you pet them, cats are the best.  If you have never had a cat, it’s...
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9 Must-Have Apps for Dog Owners!

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9 Must-Have Apps for Dog Owners! Apps have become a significant part of modern life, there seems to be an app available for just about everything.  Did you know there plenty of apps out there now for you and your dog?  They are pretty cool apps, too -  if I do say so myself!  Keep reading to learn about 9 must have apps for dog owners! All are available on iOS and Android....
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Sad Dogs: Signs of Dog Depression

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Sad Dogs:  Signs of Dog Depression Is My Dog Depressed? We all know that humans have a tendency to suffer from depression. However, far fewer of us are aware that our beloved fur buddies can also suffer from depression from time to time. If you’re concerned about your dog, consider a few tell-tale signs that they tend to exhibit when they aren’t feeling quite like thems...
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What You Need to Know About the Durham Dog Flu

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What You Need to Know About the Durham Dog Flu You may have already heard about a potentially fatal strain of dog flu that's been slowly spreading across the country.  It first made headlines when a large outbreak occurred in Chicago, back in April of this year.  Since then, it's infected dogs in more than 12 states.  With 3 reported cases in Winston-Salem, this illness ha...
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Could You Love the World’s Ugliest Dog?

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  Quasi Modo was recently crowned the "World's Ugliest Dog."  He is a 10-year old pit bull-Dutch shepherd mix, whose spinal birth defect left him with a bit of a hunched back - thus, his name.  He was abandoned at a local shelter, before being adopted by a veterinarian.  So, how can a dog whose appearance can be a little unsettling to some (per his owner, grown men ...
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Who Can You Call When Your Durham Pets are in Trouble?

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  At Lucy's Pet Care, we not only provide exceptional pet care service, we also aim to be an all-around source for pet-related information.  We do this with our wide-array of postings on our Facebook, Twitter, YouTube videos and Google+ pages; our Newsletter and our Blogs. We are also hands-on, when urgent needs arise. Lucy was recently-contacted by a pet parent w...
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Who gets Pet Custody in a Divorce?

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  Who Gets Pet Custody in a Divorce? Breaking up is hard to do.  Especially so when there are children and pets in the family picture.  We're all familiar with child custody.  But, what about pet custodyt?  Not long ago, pets were considered to be personal property.  Thus, divided between the two parties just as the furniture, cars and family heirlooms.  However, pet...
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Is it Wrong to Dress-up Your Pet?

Is your Dog or Cat, JUST a Dog or Cat?  Or, do you treat her like a part of the family?  Most of us do consider our pets to be an integral part of our family.  They are our constant, loyal and loving companions.  How much do we humanize our pets?  Do we treat our furry babies as we would our human babies? In bad weather, do you dress-up your pet in a raincoat?  Or a winter s...
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What Is Mobile Grooming All About?

What Is Mobile Grooming All About?   As an in-your-home pet care business owner, I was curious about similar businesses.  Namely, mobile pet grooming.  What is involved?  What do they do?  Is it super-expensive?  What animals do they groom? My pup was in dire need of bathing and trimming, so I thought it the perfect opportunity to find out answers to these que...
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I’m Prone to Allergies! Can I Still Have a Cat?

Have you always been a cat lover?     Or, your Significant Other says, "Love Me, Love My Cat!" Or, your child is BEGGING to add a kitten to the family? But, alas, you have allergic reactions whenever around a fabulous feline?  Your allergies cause you watering eyes and a runny nose? Don't Despair! Although, there is no such thing as a completely hypoallergenic breed o...
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How to Prepare for Moving with Your Pet – Lucy’s Pet Care

How To Prepare for Moving with Your Pet Moving, whether across town or across the world, can be a very exciting time.  And, bring much stress to you and your pets.  All of the commotion and disruption of regular routines can cause a lot of anxiety.  Any change is especially difficult for cats.  Here are some tips to help you best prepare for your move. Choosing a New Home...
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What if I Can No Longer Afford to Care for My Pet?

Resources for Your Pet – Averting a Financial Crisis Are you struggling to take care of your pet?  We have all experienced hard times at one point or another in our lives.  It can be really scary to lose a job or get behind on bills.  We spend a lot of time worrying and wondering where our next meal will come from and how the kids will get a new pair of shoes.  It’s even...
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I Have Allergies! Can I Still Have a Dog?

You'd LOVE to have a dog, but...you're allergic!  With all the uncomfortable symptoms that accompany being around dogs, you just don't think you can live with one 24/7.  And, it breaks your heart!  Isn't there some breed of dog with whom you can happily co-habitate? Do Not Despair! While no dog is completely hypoallergenic, there are breeds that fair better with allergy-pron...
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How to Choose the Best Puppy for Your Family

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Traits to Look for in Your Prospective New Puppy You have taken the first step towards becoming a new parent to a new puppy -- making the decision to add to your family.  First of all, Congratulations!  Becoming a pet parent is such an exciting time! You have probably already done some research on different breeds and which dog best fits your lifestyle.  But now, comes the h...
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