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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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 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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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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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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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 Pot Bellied Pig – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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Are you looking for a pet that's different from most?  One that is super-cute and smart?  Is "Charlotte's Web" your favorite book?  Well, perhaps a pot bellied pig might be your perfect pet!  Here are a few things to consider, before making the choice to add Wilbur to your family. ZONING/PERMITS/REGISTRATION: You'll want to check your city/county ordinances to make su...
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5 Ways to Solve Your Litter Box Problems – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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Has your cat stopped using her litter box?  You're constantly cleaning-up other areas -- either right around the box or in various places in your home?  Perhaps, there has been irreparable damage to some items?  And, you're wondering how to get her back on track?  Well, you've come to the right place!  Here are my 5 Ways to Solve Your Litter Box Problems.  These are based on my...
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Ideas For What To Do With Stuff That Didn’t Sell At Your Garage Sale

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The weekend is drawing to a close and your garage sale customers are starting to dwindle.  You've had a successful garage sale...but, there are some unsold items.  Now you're wondering, "What am I gonna do with all of this stuff?!"  Here are some ideas to help you get rid of the rest of your unwanted things. IF YOU'RE STILL LOOKING TO MAKE SOME MONEY: List for Sal...
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How to Introduce a New Cat into the House – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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  How to Introduce a New Cat into the House! Getting a new pet is pretty exciting but can also be exhausting. You are introducing your cat to a totally new environment, which can stress the cat out and give them a few unwanted coping mechanisms.  Even the ride home for a cat can be slightly traumatizing. During the ride home you should avoid reckless driving and blaring ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to Prepare for your Pet Sitter

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It can be hard to leave your pet at home while you're gone. Hiring a pet sitter helps relieve some of that anxiety, letting you relax on vacation or focus for a business conference. It's also important to take a few steps to get ready for your sitter while you prepare for your trip. Important tips to consider: Leave all phone numbers, plus the place you're staying, by...
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Halloween Safety Tips for Your Pets

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  There is no doubt that Halloween is a frightfully delightful time of the year. With spooky decor, promises of candy, costume parties and more, what's not to love, right? However, for our pets it can be a little bit more frightful than delightful. That's why it's important to keep our pets safe and happy this October. Follow these Halloween safety tips to make sure...
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