9 Must-Have Apps for Dog Owners!

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9 Must-Have Apps for Dog Owners! Apps have become a significant part of modern life, there seems to be an app available for just about everything.  Did you know there plenty of apps out there now for you and your dog?  They are pretty cool apps, too -  if I do say so myself!  Keep reading to learn about 9 must have apps for dog owners! All are available on iOS and Android....
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Sad Dogs: Signs of Dog Depression

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Sad Dogs:  Signs of Dog Depression Is My Dog Depressed? We all know that humans have a tendency to suffer from depression. However, far fewer of us are aware that our beloved fur buddies can also suffer from depression from time to time. If you’re concerned about your dog, consider a few tell-tale signs that they tend to exhibit when they aren’t feeling quite like thems...
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How Do I Keep My Dog Out of the Litter Box?

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Does your dog love "all things cat?"  Does he go bonkers for cat treats, food and even toys?  Does his love go even further, so that he goes litter box diving for "snacks?"  Are you having a hard time keeping your dog out of the litter box?  If so, you're not alone in this dilemma.  Those of us with canines and felines under the same roof know this can be a real challenge.  It'...
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What You Need to Know About the Durham Dog Flu

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What You Need to Know About the Durham Dog Flu You may have already heard about a potentially fatal strain of dog flu that's been slowly spreading across the country.  It first made headlines when a large outbreak occurred in Chicago, back in April of this year.  Since then, it's infected dogs in more than 12 states.  With 3 reported cases in Winston-Salem, this illness ha...
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How To Choose a Professional Durham Pet Sitter – Employee vs. Contractor

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How To Choose a Professional Durham Pet Sitter Employee vs. Contractor It's prudent to hire a Durham pet sitter who works with a Team of other sitters.  This helps ensure 1) availability for your requested dates of care and 2) an emergency back-up system.  Having more eggs in the basket is a good thing!  It's not a good idea to be dependent on a single person when you've ...
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How Do I Care for a Dog with Asthma?

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Did you know that asthma can be fatal to humans and dogs alike?  It’s a serious disease yet, quite manageable if you know what to look out for and put in place a proper treatment plan.  As a professional pet sitter, I'm trained in asthma symptoms.  So, I want to pass along our knowledge to you.  Keep reading to learn more about signs of asthma in dogs, diagnosis, and common tre...
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Could You Love the World’s Ugliest Dog?

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  Quasi Modo was recently crowned the "World's Ugliest Dog."  He is a 10-year old pit bull-Dutch shepherd mix, whose spinal birth defect left him with a bit of a hunched back - thus, his name.  He was abandoned at a local shelter, before being adopted by a veterinarian.  So, how can a dog whose appearance can be a little unsettling to some (per his owner, grown men ...
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How To Keep Your Durham Pets Safe from Coyotes

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How to Keep Your Durham Pets Safe from Coyotes Did you know that there are coyotes in Durham?  In fact, they live in every state except Hawaii!   Several of my neighbors in my own south Durham neighborhood have reported sightings - and have heard them howling.  Contrary to the popular belief that they live "out in the wild," they thrive around human civilization.  Urban spra...
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Who Can You Call When Your Durham Pets are in Trouble?

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  At Lucy's Pet Care, we not only provide exceptional pet care service, we also aim to be an all-around source for pet-related information.  We do this with our wide-array of postings on our Facebook, Twitter, YouTube videos and Google+ pages; our Newsletter and our Blogs. We are also hands-on, when urgent needs arise. Lucy was recently-contacted by a pet parent w...
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Who gets Pet Custody in a Divorce?

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  Who Gets Pet Custody in a Divorce? Breaking up is hard to do.  Especially so when there are children and pets in the family picture.  We're all familiar with child custody.  But, what about pet custodyt?  Not long ago, pets were considered to be personal property.  Thus, divided between the two parties just as the furniture, cars and family heirlooms.  However, pet...
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How Does My Pet Sitter Keep My Keys Safe?

Keeping your home and pets safe is our top priority.  Thus, we use systems to help ensure the security of your keys, personal information and house alarm codes. One of the reasons we chose to move to using our software system, LeashTime,  is for the convenience of use for our clients.  You can access your profile 24/7 to update, request services or check your account.  Anoth...
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What Is Mobile Grooming All About?

What Is Mobile Grooming All About?   As an in-your-home pet care business owner, I was curious about similar businesses.  Namely, mobile pet grooming.  What is involved?  What do they do?  Is it super-expensive?  What animals do they groom? My pup was in dire need of bathing and trimming, so I thought it the perfect opportunity to find out answers to these que...
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Do All Dogs Know How to Swim?

Do All Dogs Know How To Swim? Dog paddling comes naturally, right?  Not necessarily!  Not all dogs can swim...or, even like the water!  In the warm months, you may want to travel with your dog to the pool, lake or beach.   And, you may assume your pup will leap for joy at the prospect of a cool dip.  But, be aware, this may not be the case. Whether or not a dog is a great...
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How to Prepare for Moving with Your Pet – Lucy’s Pet Care

How To Prepare for Moving with Your Pet Moving, whether across town or across the world, can be a very exciting time.  And, bring much stress to you and your pets.  All of the commotion and disruption of regular routines can cause a lot of anxiety.  Any change is especially difficult for cats.  Here are some tips to help you best prepare for your move. Choosing a New Home...
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Is it Safe for my Dog to Eat Fruit?

Are you looking to mix-up the treats you give to your dog?  Maybe as a healthier and fresh alternative to store-bought or baked treats?  Or, as a way to help control your dog's weight?  Did you know that many of the fruits and vegetables we enjoy as humans are also great snacks for our dogs?  Below is a list of some of the fruits you might give your dog to see if she likes ...
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Should I be Worried if My Dog’s Nose is Dry?

Many pet parents look to their dog's nose for indications of illness.  What if my dog's nose is hot and dry?  Or, wet and cold?  Are these signs of a health issue?  Or, is this just an Old Wives' Tale? Hot vs Cold:  The temperatures of dogs' noses fluctuate day to day, even hour to hour.  It's all perfectly normal.  Taking his temperature is a better indication of illness. We...
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How to Choose the Best Puppy for Your Family

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Traits to Look for in Your Prospective New Puppy You have taken the first step towards becoming a new parent to a new puppy -- making the decision to add to your family.  First of all, Congratulations!  Becoming a pet parent is such an exciting time! You have probably already done some research on different breeds and which dog best fits your lifestyle.  But now, comes the h...
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3 Signs your Dog may have Kennel Cough

Kennel Cough: Should I really be worried? You have probably heard about Kennel Cough but it seems that many people aren’t really sure what exactly it is and what the dangers are. If you are in that category, keep reading to learn more about Kennel Cough and how to help your pet if he contracts it. Kennel Cough causes the dog’s windpipe and voice box to become inflamed. This i...
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Essentials You Must Include for Your Dog’s Health

Natural Supplements for your Dog’s Health Do you provide your dog with daily Natural supplements?  If you don’t, you should start now.  Even if you feed your dog the highest quality diet, he is probably lacking in the area of supplements.  Feed your dog a commercial dog food diet?  Well, then you must provide your dog with supplements to keep him in tip top shape.  Don’t...
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Are Green Foods Safe for my Durham Dog?

Are Green Foods Safe for my Dog? With St. Patty's Day fast-approaching, I'm sure many of us are looking forward to celebrating with all things green.  Many of these include green edibles -- green beer, green deviled eggs, etc.  And, we love including our pets in the celebrations.   But, are green foods okay for our dogs?  Can they be toxic or are they beneficial?  Continue...
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