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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Should You Give Your Pet Probiotics?

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Health-conscious people have fueled a vast market for nutritional supplements, and this market includes everything from pills to drinks. As a pet lover who considers your furry friends part of your family, you want them to get all of the same benefits you look for yourself. Of course, you naturally want to have some assurance that you are helping, not hurting, them. What Are ...
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How Holistic Health Is Changing The Nature Of Petcare

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Holistic medicine involves a variety of disciplines including homeopathy, herbal remedies, massage therapy, nutrition, laser light therapy, and acupuncture. Although most commonly used for people, {holistic health techniques} are easily applied to pets. How Holistic Techniques Can Help Pets Holistic means treating the whole body. Holism is defined by the theory that ever...
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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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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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What You Need to Know Before Getting a Ferret – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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Ferrets are fairly social creatures. If you have a ferret, they need to be out of their cage at least 4 hours a day. You should play with them at least two of those hours or more if they are the only ferret in your household. They basically need companionship. More space and socialization they have the happier they will be. If this sounds like you would run into issue...
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Father’s Day Gift Ideas for Pet Dads – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

Do you know a Proud Pet Father?  Is he just the most caring, loving, compassionate pet parent on the planet?  Will he do anything for his furry, feathered, finned or scaled friend? Whether or not he's a parent to a human child or fur babies, he's still a GREAT DAD!  Here are some ways to help him celebrate Father's Day! Handmade Greeting Card: I love to shop on Etsy.co...
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When Boarding is Best for your Pet- Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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Here at Lucy's Pet Care, we actively Relieve Pet Parent Guilt by coming to your home to care for your pets.  Our service has many advantages for your pets and you:  convenience; built-in home care services; continuity of care for your pets with regards to environment, schedule and food; etc.  However, there are instances when we may not be the best option for your household.  H...
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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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10 Ways to Keep Your Indoor Pet Happy – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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How To Keep Your Indoor Pet Happy 1. Make sure you make time for your pet. You are a big focal point in your pets world! You should consciously try to make time for at least one play session a day with your pet. This is beneficial to you both as it can relieve stress, and also help with hyper active pets that will sometimes damage things in the home when cooped ...
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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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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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How to Stop Your Cat Scratching Your Furniture – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

If you are a cat owner, you've likely struggled with the age-old issue of your cat scratching on your chairs, sofas, ottomans, etc.  And, you're used to hearing the unwanted, distinct sound of claws on fabric. Fortunately, I've found some easy and fairly cost-effective methods to deter my cat from continuing to shred my furniture.  Interested to hear?  Then, just keep readin...
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