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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3 Secrets To Getting the Most From Your Pet Sitter

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Let's be real...hiring a professional pet sitter is an expense.  And, it can add-up when you need pet care over several days/weeks.  So, you'll want to maximize the value you get from every pet visit.  Here are my insider's 3 Secrets to getting the most from your pet sitter.  CHOOSE THE RIGHT LENGTH OF TIME You might be tempted to opt for the shortest length of ...
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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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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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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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General Pet Rodent Care – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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Pets like hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs and other rodents are good for people who can only give minimal care to a pet in contrast to the amount of work a cat or dog takes. Additionally, these pets are used as a precursor for parents who are thinking about getting their child a kitten or puppy. Pet rodents generally will live three to five years-much shorter than that of a dog....
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Unusual Cat Products ft. Uncommon Goods – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

Is your kitty BORED with the same ol', same ol' toys?  TIRED of the same bedding?  Looking for something to PERK-UP her whiskers?  Here are some unusual cat products that might just put a spring in your kitty's step, again! CAT BEDS: Your kitty will be sleeping in style with a cozy, comfy and unique pet bed! SCRATCH PADS: Gone are the days of simplis...
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7 Ways to Memorialize Your Pet – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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Being a pet parent is a wonderful, rewarding experience.  Our pets give us so much joy and love.  So, it's especially-hard when they leave us.  We experience this pain quite a bit with our pet sitting fur babies.  Personally, I recently lost my Squeaky and my heart is broken over missing him.  Even though his body is gone, I still wanted some tangible reminders of my sweet fur ...
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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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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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What You Should Know Before Getting a Pet Rodent – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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Rodents, although small, do require quite a bit of pet care. They are basically tiny escape artists and can be ultra-sensitive to sound and light. Basic Requirements of Rodents Housing in stable and compatible groups. You should take into account the gender, age, reproductive condition, familiarity, and general past of your rodents before housing them together Enclos...
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Top 3 Benefits of Crate Training – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

To Crate Train or Not To Crate Train....  There are differing opinions on the method.  In this post, I'll share with you the Top 5 Benefits of Crate Training.  This information might help you make a decision as to whether or not it's a route you choose to take with your own dog. Many people are opposed to crate training because they feel the confinement is cruel. However, wh...
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Owning a Rabbit – What You Need to Know – Lucy’s Pet Care

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Even though Easter is over, the season of the rabbit is still here. It makes sense after all, I mean what's not to love about fluffy little bunnies? With their adorable twitching noses, soft fluffy ears and gentle disposition. There is just so much to love! That's why this is the busiest season for house rabbit adoption. And having a rabbit is very rewarding, but there ...
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How to Care for Chickens: The Basics from Lucy’s Pet Care

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  How to Care for Chickens:  The Basics Is raising chickens something of interest to you? It seems like a great way to spend time, get some fresh eggs...I mean you just can’t beat fresh eggs, right? But, apparently, it’s not as easy as it seems. It can be quite the undertaking. However, once you have your “chickens” in a row it’s something that is definitely doable. Fi...
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Best Indoor Pets (if you hate wintertime weather!) – Lucy’s Pet Care

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INDOOR PETS Even though it hasn’t really felt like winter here in North Carolina, we are still smack dab in the coldest part of the year. And sometimes the warmer weather just makes feel it even worse when the temperatures dip back below freezing. That’s when the penchant for comfy blankets and cuddles instead of venturing outside really kicks in. This is especially true when ...
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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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