Teach Your Dog to Talk – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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Can Your Dog Learn to Talk to You? A new study in Scientific Reports found that gifted dogs learn new words after hearing them only 4 times. Wow! They found that more learning took place in social playtime rather than in task-based learning. This means that if you are trying to teach your dog the names of a few of their toys, you'll have better luck if you repeat the toy's nam...
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Important Steps for Older Pets – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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Important Steps For Older Pets As we all know (or will find out), getting older can be tough. If you're like us, we have a soft spot for senior pets. Here are some simple ideas to make life a little bit easier for our best friends as they age. Supportive orthopedic bed - Just like us, our pets can get arthritis and sore joints. We all know how important a good night's sleep i...
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What Is Bloat?

What Is Bloat? Bloat, also called Gastric Dilation Volvulus (GDV), is a very serious problem that is most common in larger breeds of dogs. It requires immediate medical and surgical intervention.  Bloat happens when your buddy's stomach fills with gas, food, or fluid. This can cause it to expand, which will put pressure on other organs. This can affect the blood flow to tho...
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Surviving Your Dog’s First Year!

Surviving Your Dog's First Year! Welcoming a new puppy is such an exciting love-filled time! There is nothing quite like a tiny canine furball. However, they are not without their challenges. There will be times when you stop and think: "Was this a mistake?" Relax, most people who get a new puppy have those thoughts now and then, especially when your fur baby chews your favori...
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Cat and Dog House Rules – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

Cat and Dog House Rules Before bringing a new pet into your household, it's a great idea to sit down with your family and decide on the "house rules" for the pets and people. If the rules change after you get a pet, it's confusing for your pet and the people in your household. If you have a pet that currently "rules" your home, you can still teach your dog or cat new house rul...
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2021 New Year’s Pet Resolutions – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

Time for New Year's Resolutions Who isn't ready for a brand new start on things in 2021? Even though our lives are not yet back to "normal," there are still many things we can do with our pets to start the new year with a bang. Why not bake more? If you make your own pet treats, you'll know exactly what is in them and won't have...
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5 Reasons Your Dog Won’t Stop Licking You – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

5 Reasons Your Dog Won't Stop Licking You There isn't much in this world that tops a kiss from your best friend. Most people attribute licking as a way to show affection; dogs love licking. They lick themselves, lick you, lick other dogs, so is that all about affection, or could there be other reasons for licking? Here are some reasons your dog enjoys licking you. Taste. Yo...
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Are Routines Boring for your Dog?

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We are all creatures of habit, and so are your pets. We've all heard before that keeping your dog on a routine helps with behavior and training. When a dog understands the routine (or rhythm) of their household, they are calmer overall. With a routine, your best friend is confident that their primary needs (food, water, exercise, and shelter) are going to be met. Of course, con...
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National Disaster Preparedness Month: How To Create an Emergency Plan for Your Pets!

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National Disaster Preparedness Month: How To Create an Emergency Plan for Your Pets! Fires, hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, floods, violent storms, and other natural disasters are some of the more common things that we prepare for. It may be beneficial to include parameters around how to handle our pets during those times. Pets being left behind during a disaster are lik...
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How Long Should a Dog Walk Be?

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We all know that our pets need adequate exercise, but how do you determine how much is enough? To figure out what your pooch needs in the way of activity, you'll have to consider several factors: your dog's age, size, breed, and health. If you have a healthy adult dog, they will need a minimum of 30 - 60 minutes of walking or other activity (chasing a ball, agility, hiking, ...
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How To Keep Your Dog Hydrated – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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Summertime again!  In the Carolinas, it's not uncommon if the temperatures are 80 degrees Fahrenheit or more! If summer means more outdoor activity, chances are that you will be bringing your four-legged best friend along for the fun. Dogs, just like humans, are made up of mostly water. If not more! 80% of your dog’s body is water in comparison to the 60% we are made of. ...
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Signs of Heat Exhaustion in Pets – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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Heat Exhaustion - Recognize the Signs Every summer, we talk about pets and how quickly they can get overheated; after all, they are wearing fur coats! Heat exhaustion is what happens before heatstroke, and it's best to learn to recognize it before it advances further, because heat stroke is deadly. Pets can't sweat out excess heat as we can, all they can do is pant ...
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Dog Paw Injuries – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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Dog Paw Injuries Summertime means hiking, swimming, and oodles of outside time. A fun day with your pup can change quickly with a paw injury. Your dog's paw pads are tough, but a paw injury can occur even on a leisurely stroll. These pads are like the soles of your shoes. They cushion the foot, act as shock absorbers for bones and joints, insulate the foot from hot and cold...
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Pet Separation Anxiety After Quarantine – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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There have been many joys with the "stay at home" order and one has been the delight of extra time spent with our pets. They have made us laugh and have kept us company throughout this ordeal. But as restrictions are slowly lifted, our faithful friends may become confused by the changes ahead. They have all become accustomed to the extra snuggles and hugs over the past month...
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How to Help Your Dog Lose Weight – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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How To Help Your Dog Lose Weight A cheat day here and there is okay, but you need to stick to the calorie limit that is appropriate for your dog. You can discuss with your vet what that may be, and what your dog’s goal weight should be. One source of excessive calories is giving your dog your scraps and bits of your food. That and the extra treats should be taken out ...
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Winter Exercise Tips for Dogs – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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Winter Exercise Tips For Dogs! Even though the weather outside is frightful, your doggy friends still need to get their daily exercise. Not only is it important for their physical and mental health, but it is an important part of the relationship between you and your pup. Here are some ways to get those exercises in without having to go outside. Think of games to play wit...
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Pet Safe Holiday Plants – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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Pet Safe Holiday Plants The holidays are here! Before you begin to decorate your home with the traditional holiday plants, make sure you aren’t putting anything up that could potentially harm your pet.  Here are some wonderful alternatives to the traditional plant and flower options. Replace Mistletoe with Christmas Cactus! Mistletoe can be fatal for dogs and most mamma...
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Things to Consider Before Becoming a Pet Owner

Owning a pet is an extremely rewarding experience.  Pets bring so much love, joy, laughter and enrichment to our lives.  However, there are many downsides to pet ownership of which you should be aware, before becoming a pet owner.  It's not all sunshine and roses.  Here are a few things to consider before becoming a pet owner. FINANCIAL BURDEN: MEDICAL:  There are regular...
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BEST DOG BREEDS FOR APARTMENT LIVING

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Best Dog Breeds for Apartment Living               Dogs are the most popular furry friend for people regardless where they live. Some dogs will thrive and be happy in an apartment sized castle, but some dogs need larger spaces in order to be happy and healthy. Of course, the general size of the dog is taken into consideration, but that’s not the only thing. It depends on how m...
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Pet Safe Candles – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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I love having candles burning in my home.  The soft, flickering light adds so much more interest to an area and ups the cozy factor.  However, also sharing my home with my 2 cats and my dog, I have to be very aware of safety issues associated with open flames.  I want to make sure my home decor is pet safe.  Thus, I've compiled this list of terrific pet safe candles options for...
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