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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10 Safety Tips for Dog Walking After Dark- Lucy’s Pet Care

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10 Dog Walking After Dark Safety Tips Now that the time has changed to Standard Time and the days are getting shorter, it's impossible to avoid walking our dogs after dark.  So, I thought I'd write this post with some tips to help you and your pup stay safe. 1. DON'T WEAR VALUABLES Or, at least don't wear jewelry that's clearly visible to potential thieves. 2....
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3 DIY Homemade Thanksgiving Dog Treat Recipes – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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Thanksgiving is a holiday that's a time to enjoy family, friends and...food!  As we're also thankful for our canine family members, why not show them some extra love by making them their own homemade Thanksgiving dog treats?  Looking for some cooking inspiration?  Here are some tasty Thanksgiving dog treat recipe ideas that may be of help! PUMPKIN PIE DOG TREATS (courtesy...
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10 Ways to Relieve Dog Boredom – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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10 Ways to Relieve Dog Boredom 1.       Play Hide and Seek With Your Pup A good way to relieve dog boredom is playing a little game of hiding treats with you dog. This will be entertaining for them and filling. You’ll also be teaching them some nose work techniques will tiring them out before guest come over. 2.       “Which Hand” game This is another way to work ...
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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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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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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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Back to School Time – Tips for Helping Your Dog Adjust – Lucy’s Pet Care

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Summer is coming to a close and back to school pictures are being snapped by the hundreds. Days spent lounging in bed, on vacation, and playing with friends are traded for early mornings and classrooms. A house bustling with activity all day long turns quiet for long hours of the day. And this can leave your dog feeling confused and lonely.  You may even notice a change in appe...
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How to Puppy-Proof Your Home

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How to Puppy-Proof Your Home Puppies are bundles of energy and tend to get into all sorts of trouble indoors and outdoors. Certainly, this is because they are very curious about the world around them. Clearly, your goal is to protect the new member of the family and keep that puppy safe. The best course of action is to puppy proof your home, before bringing home the new pupp...
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Top 10 Summer Safety Tips for Dogs – Lucy’s Pet Care

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Top 10 Summer Safety Tips for Dogs 1. Apply Sunscreen : Yep! Even your little pups need sunscreen if they spend more than just a little time in direct sunlight in the summer sun. This is especially true if they have fair skin or short hair. 2. Plenty of Water: This is probably the most common summer time problem for pets as well as people. This is especially true ...
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Memorial Day Weekend Fun with Your Dog – What To Do Memorial Day Weekend

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Memorial Day weekend is a great time to be able to relax with your family, enjoy some fun in the sun, and most of all celebrate the ones who have helped create the great country in which we live. And it’s not a true family celebration if someone is left out, Fido included! Here are a few “paw-some” ideas for Memorial Day Weekend fun with your dog. Go on a road trip Strap in ...
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Safety Tips for Hiking with Your Pooch This Summer – Lucy’s Pet Care

Safety Tips for Hiking with Your Pooch This Summer Hiking is a fantastic way to enjoy the outdoors and many people find their dogs love to join them on the trails. Here are a few tips to make sure you and your pet stay safe on your adventures this summer. Supplies Stay prepared wherever you decide to hike. Here is a list of supplies to bring with you and to make sure you...
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Dog Friendly Travel Spots in North Carolina – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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Dog Friendly Travel Spots in North Carolina Now that the weather is warming up it is the perfect time to take your dog out into the world and explore. Here are some places in NC that are dog friendly and a ton of fun! 1. Lucky's Dog Bar-Charlotte, NC Lucky's Dog bar is a similar concept to a cat cafe. You bring your dog and they can socialize with other dogs and yo...
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DIY Home Remedies for Your Dog – Lucy’s Pet Care

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DIY Home Remedies for Your Pooch Your furry friend is just like one of the family and his care is an important part of your daily life. When your pup is facing a discomfort or health issue the fix maybe as close as your home. To help treat your pooch for some common canine problems, try the DIY home remedies listed below to get him on the road to recovery. Create Your Own...
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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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3 Tips for Handling Potty Breaks in the Winter

3 Tips for Handling Potty Breaks in the Winter   We all know it’s not very pleasant to use a cold bathroom in the middle of winter.  So, it’s no surprise to know that our dogs feel the same discomfort when it’s cold outside.  Often, dogs refuse to go potty outside in the cold or rain, causing them to hold it all day and eventually have accidents in the house.  This is ...
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Tips for How to Stop Destructive Dog Behavior

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How To Stop Destructive Dog Behavior Sometimes you have a pup that just won't stop chewing and biting on your things while you are away. It could either be a behavioral problem in your dog, fear, separation anxiety or changes in the environment around them. That coupled with their doggie genetics could make for a destructive canine,  This can lead to intestinal problems, tee...
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