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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“Who Gets Dad’s Dog?” The Guide to Inheriting Pets

“Who Gets Dad's Dog?" The Guide to Inheriting Pets
The death of a family member can be extremely stressful in many ways. Not only do you have to deal with the loss of a loved one, but sometimes you also have to deal with the legal aftermath, often involving probate law. Preparation beforehand can help make the process go smoother, but one thing that is often forgotten in the preparations is what happens to the deceased’s pe...
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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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How to Keep Your Pets Safe in a Hurricane – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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"A new forecast says the 2017 hurricane season could be worse than normal — and the potential impact on North Carolina could be increasingly troublesome. Both the Weather Channel and the National Weather Service say the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season, which begins June 1 and ends Nov. 30, will be more active than usual, and the number of named storms and hurricanes should b...
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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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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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Outdoor Wildlife Tips – The Best Way to Care for Your Backyard Wildlife

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Outdoor Wildlife Tips Many people ask: "Why is spring time the busiest time of the year for people who want to preserve and rehabilitate wildlife?" The reason is because there is an influx of births in the wild during the spring! One thing that is important to point out while we are the subject of new births: Every year with the influx of births people who mean well upset...
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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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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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How to Spot and Treat Heatstroke in Dogs

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  The Dog Days of Summer and What You Need to Know about Heatstroke The dog days of summer are here and in the Carolinas to say the heat has been oppressive is almost an understatement. As we prepare for the start of school it easy to think that summer is coming to a close, but the threat of heat stroke for humans and dogs alike is still very real. So, how do you ...
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Hairballs & Cats: Why do they have them and how can we help?

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Hairballs and Cats The Hairy Mess of Hairballs Cats love to bathe themselves and it's no surprise that their rough tongues are, in part, built to groom. A lot of the the hair their tongues pick up are easily digested, but that isn't always the case. Sometimes the hair builds up in their stomachs which means hairballs can form, especially in long hair cats. Although, it is n...
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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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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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What is the Best Collar Color for your Cat?

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What is the Best Collar Color for your Cat? You love your kitty and can’t imagine anything happening to him or her, right? Well, then you may be shocked to learn that approximately 7-million pets go missing each year in the USA. What is probably even more shocking is to learn that only approximately 0nly 5% of cats are returned to their home (whereas 25% of dogs are reported a...
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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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How to Cat Proof Your Christmas Tree

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How to Cat Proof Your Christmas Tree Naturally, cats love trees. They must be euphoric when they spot that tree with all of those dangling and glittering things.  I’m sure they’re thinking that they have just struck the cat toy lottery! Okay, so cats may not really understand the purpose of a Christmas tree and they certainly don’t understand that those shiny bulbs aren’t h...
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Thanksgiving Tips for Pets

While you prepare to sit down to your Thanksgiving feast this year, it’s easy to want to share some of the delectable dinner with your four legged family members.  But, it may be best to not give in to the temptation to dole out a portion to your pooch without making sure it’s safe.  Some Thanksgiving food is perfectly okay for your dog, but there is also some food that you...
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