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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Does Temperature Matter? 4 Ways Your Home’s Temperature Affects Your Pets

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When the temperatures outside become unbearable in the hot summer months and frigid winter wind, humans can close the windows and switch on the heating and air conditioning units. While humans can listen to the clues their bodies give as to when to turn up the dial on the thermostat, our pets are not able to let us know when they're feeling too hot or too cold. Temperature...
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5 DIY Cat Treat Recipes for Thanksgiving – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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Looking to bake-up some LOVE for your feline over the Thanksgiving holiday?  Here are some tried-and-true recipes to give you some inspurration! HOMEMADE SALMON AND OAT TREATS My cats (and dog!) LOVE anything with seafood.  If your felines are the same, then try baking these crunchy treats for them.  And, they have the added, hidden appeal of catnip!  Check out the re...
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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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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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5 Ways to Solve Your Litter Box Problems – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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Has your cat stopped using her litter box?  You're constantly cleaning-up other areas -- either right around the box or in various places in your home?  Perhaps, there has been irreparable damage to some items?  And, you're wondering how to get her back on track?  Well, you've come to the right place!  Here are my 5 Ways to Solve Your Litter Box Problems.  These are based on my...
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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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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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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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Valentine’s Gift Ideas Pet Edition!

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Valentine's Gift Ideas Pet Edition! Valentine's Day is coming up! Valentine's Day is all about showing your loved ones how you really feel. Looking for the purrfect gift?  Here are some ideas! Pamper Your Pet! When you pamper your pet for Valentine's Day, you're not only giving your lovely pet a little treat- you are also helping your local groomer out financially and ...
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Paws-itively the Best Pet Carriers! – Lucy’s Pet Care

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Paws-itively the Best Pet Carriers If you're a pet owner, there will come a time when you need to transport your pet to the vet, groomer, kennel, daycare or for vacation travel.  And, to ensure you can do so easily and safely, you'll probably want to utilize a pet carrier.  Below, we've picked some of the best pet carriers from which to choose. Petmate Two Door Top Load P...
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Tips for How to Introduce A New Cat to Your Household – Lucy’s Pet Care

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Having a cat is wonderful. Having two cats...well, to me that’s even better!  Because having more than one cat can be amazing. They each have distinct personalities and what’s even better, they are great company for one another. However, successfully bringing a new cat into your household can be a bit of a process. Like I said, cats have distinct and strong personalitie...
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How to Talk to Cats – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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How to Talk to Cats   There are a lot of things that our cats are trying to tell us. And as owners (or best friends), they communicate with us on a level that other people may never understand. Vocalization: Meowing If you have more than one cat you may have noticed that they don’t actually meow at each other. Your cat basically only meows to you in...
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What is the Best FIRST Pet for my Family? – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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What is the Best FIRST Pet for my Family? A Guide to Choosing Your Family's First Pet It can be hard to pick out the best first pet for your family, but, luckily we have some great information to help you along the way. Cats & Dogs The friendship between a child and his dog or cat is a tale as old as time; palling around and growing up together, but it’s not always as p...
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The “Scoop” About Litter Box Issues

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The "Scoop" about Litter Box Issues Today we’re tackling the sometimes smelly litter box issues.  Most cats use it with ease, but there are some tips and tricks you need to make sure they have the right accommodations for successful use. Location of Litter Box:   Firstly, you need to decide where the litter box will end up.  It is best to put it in a quiet and safe area in...
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What You Need To Know If Your Durham Dog or Cat Bites Someone

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What You Need To Know If Your Durham Dog or Cat Bites Someone One of our biggest fears as a pet owner is that our beloved Durham dog or cat will bite someone.  Every animal is capable of this act.  What triggers this aggressive behavior is topic for another blog.  Here, I'll detail what you can expect if your dog or cat bites someone.  I hope that by having this information...
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Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day With Your Pets

Valentine's Day is often filled with expectations of romance or sometimes even melancholy recollections. So, if you want to make sure you’re not let down this Valentine’s Day, make a date with your pet! Who better to spend a day of love with than your sweet, eager-to-please fur baby? Grab Lunch at A Dog Friendly Cafe:  Taking your dog out for lunch at a cute cafe and a g...
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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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Winter Weather Pet Safety Tips

After an unusually mild Christmas this year, the current cold snap has been a bit of a surprise.   On Christmas Day we were walking around without coats or sweatshirts - some of us in t-shirts!  But then, as soon as the New Year hit, we’ve been hitting lows in the 20’s and barely getting into the 50’s during the day.  It seems as though winter weather has struck with a veng...
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