“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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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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Fourth of July Safety Tips for Your Durham Dog

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Fourth of July Safety Tips for Your Durham Dog Fire up the grill and pull out the sparklers, it's time for food, family, friends, and fun! The 4th of July is a great time to celebrate American life with our loved ones. We may be having a blast, but your dog sees it differently. Make sure to know these Fourth of July safety tips to keep everyone safe and happy. Don't bring...
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Fun Places to Travel with Your Durham Dog

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Fun Places to Travel with Your Durham Dog Now that we have officially made it to the unofficial start of summer; where pools are open and beaches are packed, you may be itching to get out and about with your friends, family, and of course, your best four-legged friend.  Lucky for us, North Carolina has so many great places to visit that are all within weekend or day trip r...
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Hot Car Safety Tips for Dogs – Lucy’s Pet Care

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Hot Car Safety Tips for Dogs Even though it is technically still spring, we have already had some summer like temperatures here in the Carolinas. Summer may still be weeks away, but when the heat waves strike, the temperatures inside of your vehicle becoming increasingly dangerous.  It’s important you know these hot car safety tips for how to keep your pet safe in the risi...
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Basic Pet Bird Care For New Owners – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

Basic Pet Bird Care for New Owners People have been keeping birds as pets for centuries.  Perhaps you've thought about adding one to your family a time or two. But what exactly do you do when you bring home a new feathered family member?  Are you familiar with what it takes to care for a bird?  If not, here are some tips to help you with basic pet bird care. Get them th...
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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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St. Patty’s Day Fun With Your Durham Dog!

Shamrocks and beer is usually how people see Saint Patrick’s Day.  But it’s also another great chance to admire and spend time with your dogs.  There are a lot of happy, curious and independent breeds that hail from the Emerald Isle and there is a lot of fun to be had with your pet. Irish Breeds: Irish Setter - A great companion with a friendly disposition and a hear...
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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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