3 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Get A Dog – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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Dogs can add so much pleasure to our lives!  And, puppies are sooooo cute!  But, dogs aren't always the best choice of pet for everyone.  Here are some reasons why you shouldn't get a dog. You Want Protection Dogs can be very protective of their owners.  And, can be a great warning system of approaching danger.  However, if you plan to only treat your dog as a commodi...
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Help! My Dog Is Overweight! – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

60% or more of dogs that veterinarians see in the US are overweight. Of that 60%, half of those are considered obese. Excessive weight in dogs can lead to many health problems. Joint disease, metabolic issues as well as inflammation are among the issues that can arise in an overweight dog. Obese dogs normally will live shorter lives than their less overweight peers. How ove...
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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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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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Lyme Disease And Your Dog – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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Lyme disease is caused by the spirochete bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi. It is transmitted to humans and dogs by ticks. It is common in the northeast United States. It is difficult to diagnose because most dogs and people who test positively for it are not clinically ill. Only about 10% of positively tested dogs will ever develop clinical symptoms. A lot of vets would argue that...
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Five Things First-Time Puppy Owners Need to Remember

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Five Things First-Time Puppy Owners Need to Remember Congratulations! You just brought your new puppy home, and you're excited about spending your life with your new companion. While your puppy will make a wonderful friend, there's a lot you'll need to teach him while he grows up. If you're a first-time puppy owner, it can be easy to lose sight of the big picture. It's imp...
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How To Stop Puppy Nipping – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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Puppies love to play! One of their ways of playing that can be problematic is biting. We want to nip puppy nipping in the bud ahead of time before they get any bigger than a year or so. The overall end of this is to make them stop biting all together. The first lesson is to teach the puppy to be gentle and that we have a more fragile skin protecting us. To start off with...
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Something You Should Know About In-Your-Home Pet Sitting…

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When you choose us for in-your-home pet sitting rather than boarding, you might not realize the terrific additional services that are included for free.  These services can be worth hundreds....to thousands....of dollars! I'd like to site a recent example of how our in-your-home pet sitter caught a serious problem that could have had disastrous outcome, if she hadn't bee...
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Sun Protection For Your Dog – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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Summer is a great time to take your dog out on some adventures. Applying sunscreen is important for you, but, is also important for your pet!  Here are some tips for your dog's sun protection. Sunscreen: When chosing a sunscreen for you and your pet, you should pick one that blocks UVA and UVB rays. Products that block both will normally be labled "broad spectrum". Br...
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Run with Your Dog – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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Looking for another fun way to spend quality time with your dog?  And, have the bonus of burning off extra energy and keeping you and your pup happy and healthy?  Considering taking your pup along as your running/jogging partner?  Read on for tips to make sure you take the proper steps to ensure positive results. Build Up To Full Speed: Just as with humans, canines need t...
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Where to Get Frozen Dog Treats in Durham – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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Summertime is upon us!  This means lots of fun outdoor play with our pooches:  hiking, swimming, wading, rolling in the grass, playing fetch, etc.  Once playtime is over, we love to treat our pups to something tasty and refreshing to help cool them down.  Here are some frosty ideas of yummy goodies you can get here in Durham! Ice Cream at Oliver's Collar Dog Treat Bakery and...
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Best Summertime Dog Toys – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

Ahhhh, it's finally summer!  And, a great time for fun, special, outdoor play with your dog!  Looking for ideas of the best summertime dog toys?  Here are some that might spark your dog's interest!  Kiddie Pool This is a good 'ol standby!  Great for dogs of all sizes, as you can adjust the depth of the water.  Your dog might enjoy splashing in it or may just plop down f...
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How to Gain Back the Lost Hour from Daylight Savings Time – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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It's that time of year, again...Daylight Savings Time!  Early Sunday morning, the clock hands "spring forward," and we lose an hour.  Sure, the result is more daylight in the evenings (thus, the name "Daylight Savings"), but, we still have lost time in our day. Well, no need to fret about that precious 60-minutes! We have a solution to help you gain back that time! ...
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Easy Steps to Brush Your Dog’s Teeth – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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Being a pet parent, we want to do all that we can to keep our pets as healthy, as possible.  Something that can help is to regularly brush our dog's teeth, at home.  However, if you're new to this, it can seem difficult and overwhelming.  So, I'm writing this post to give you simple steps to get started.  I hope this will allow you to see that it's not so formidable a task. ...
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Tips to Help Your Dog with Moderate Separation Anxiety – Lucy’s Pet Care

A very common challenge of dog owners is that their dog suffers from separation anxiety.  The symptoms can vary from mild (a few minor signs of damage to objects, urination, barking) to severe (total destruction of home).   Separation anxiety may result in pet parents feeling sadness, anger, frustration and hopelessness.  And, if very severe, the behavior can be dangerous to th...
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How to Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Your Dog – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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Looking for special ways to share Valentine's love with your dog in the Durham area, this year?  Perhaps one or more of these ideas will bring tail wags: PET MASSAGE: February 20th 5:45-6:45pm / $10 Pets knead massage too! Pet parents come with or without your pets. Pets friendly with other animals are welcome (typical pet is a dog) One pet per pet parent please. F...
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Does My Dog Need a Winter Coat or Sweater? Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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Animals wearing clothes can be a controversial subject. Don’t let the Animal Clothes Politics get to you! There are some smaller breed or lighter weight dogs that really need the extra support in the wintertime. Some dogs actually have lighter coats of fur than other dogs, so they are suffering more from the cold than other pups out there. How warm your dog’s body is able to ...
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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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Hiking with Your Durham Dog – Tips and Trails – Lucy’s Pet Care

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Hiking with your Durham dog is a great way to bond with your pet. Before you take in the great outdoors, there are a few things that you need. Basic First Aid Kit Dogs and people are prone to injury especially while being more active. Although it's cold out now, when it's warm you also have to think about bees, snakes, and other critters that will be trying to take a bite...
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What is the Best Temperature in Your Home to Keep Your Pets Happy?

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At the right temperature, your pets will be happier and more responsive than ever. By adjusting the temperature of your home, you can suit their needs and create an excellent environment for both yourself and your pets. Dogs and Cats Dogs and cats, much like humans, thrive at temperatures between 65°F and 75°F. However, unlike humans, these animals are not meant to wear l...
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