5 Hypoallergenic Dog Treat Recipes – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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Is your dog allergic to certain foods?  Thus, making it more difficult to find ready-made treats in the store that he can enjoy?  Never fear!  You can still give your pup tasty (and healthy) treats without taking too much time or trouble in your kitchen.  Here are some easy hypoallergenic dog treat recipes that you […]

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 […]

Thanksgiving Tips for Pets

While you prepare to sit down to your Thanksgiving feast this year, it’s easy to want to share some of the delectable dinner with your four legged family members.  But, it may be best to not give in to the temptation to dole out a portion to your pooch without making sure it’s safe.  Some […]

What To Feed A Dog With Cancer

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The Cancer Diet and How It Can Help Your Dog    Being diagnosed with cancer is a gut-wrenching feeling, no matter which family member is affected.  You must make tough choices, especially when it comes to your pets.  A dog’s immune system is already very vulnerable due to its smaller mass and efficiency, when compared to […]

Is It Normal For My Cat To Have Dandruff? – Lucy’s Pet Care

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My Cat Has Dandruff.  What’s going on? Did you know that just like humans, cats can have dandruff for a variety of reasons? Dandruff is a common skin condition that is distinguished by the manifestation of small, white flakes of skin in the fur. Dandruff, to a large extent, is normal. In most cases owners […]

What Does It Mean When My Durham Dog Is Lethargic?

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What Does It Mean When My Durham Dog Is Lethargic? Why is My Dog so Tired? Dogs are usually playful, happy, and curious beings. However, like humans, dog’s energy levels fluctuate depending on a number of factors. Things that can affect your dog’s energy include diet, fitness, stimulation, and health. If you notice your dog […]

Cat Pain: How to Know if Your Cat is Silently Suffering

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Cat Pain:  Signs your cat may be suffering Do you know how to tell if your cat may be in pain? You might be thinking “Oh, that’s easy! He’ll cry or whimper!”  Not necessarily so!  By nature, cats tend to hide their pain or suffering. If you suspect your cat may be in pain, you […]

Should I Be Worried About My Cat’s Weight Loss?

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Should I Be Worried About My Cat’s Weight Loss? WEIGHT LOSS IN CATS Many owners get worried more when their cats gain weight than when they lose weight.  The cause of the weight gain may be simply because the cat is eating too much, but weight loss usually has more underlying causes. While there is […]

The Best All Natural Pet Remedies

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The Best All Natural Pet Remedies I know that a lot of Lucy’s Pet Care clients use all natural pet remedies and pet care products for their furry babies.  I, too, am always interested in the most effective and natural products to use on my own pets.  So, I thought I’d take this opportunity to […]

6 Ways To Ease Your Dog’s Anxiety

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Stress and Anxiety in Dogs Like humans, dogs have anxiety and fear. Fear is an inherent emotion of nervousness resulting from what is either a real, or perceived, external threat. The fear response of the autonomic nervous system is what is known as the fight or flight effect. Fear as a response to threat is a […]

How You Can Treat Your Dog’s Chronic Bronchitis

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Chronic Bronchitis and your Dog Does your dog have a harsh, dry cough that won’t go away?  Is the cough exacerbated by exercise?  Your dog may be suffering from chronic bronchitis. Coughing fits are no fun and can cause major discomfort. Unfortunately, it is difficult to pin point the cause of chronic bronchitis in most […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

I’m Prone to Allergies! Can I Still Have a Cat?

Have you always been a cat lover?     Or, your Significant Other says, “Love Me, Love My Cat!” Or, your child is BEGGING to add a kitten to the family? But, alas, you have allergic reactions whenever around a fabulous feline?  Your allergies cause you watering eyes and a runny nose? Don’t Despair! Although, there […]

I Have Allergies! Can I Still Have a Dog?

You’d LOVE to have a dog, but…you’re allergic!  With all the uncomfortable symptoms that accompany being around dogs, you just don’t think you can live with one 24/7.  And, it breaks your heart!  Isn’t there some breed of dog with whom you can happily co-habitate? Do Not Despair! While no dog is completely hypoallergenic, there […]

Why Chocolate Bunnies and Peeps are the Healthiest Choice, this Easter

Why Chocolate Bunnies and Peeps are the Healthiest Choice, this Easter No Chicks or Bunnies in that Basket! The Easter Bunny is coming to town and so are the Easter Baskets.  Many folks feel that adding a real live bunny or chick to those baskets is a great idea.  They think “How cute would it […]

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 […]