Benefits of Pets for Health and Recovery

We’re big fans of pets here at Lucy’s Pet Care. We all know how much we can help out pets and animals in our community. But do we always realize and recognize how much they can help us? Pets offer great healing and service benefits to people who need a helping hand because of sickness, injury, or emotional trauma. Pets are being used for the health and recovery of many peopl...
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6 Ways to Naturally Get Rid of Pet Odors In Your Home

Being a pet parent is very rewarding.  It's so great to be greeted at the door by our furry friends after a long day away!  However, we'd like wagging tails, purrs and kisses to be our only greeting...and, not unwanted pet odors.  Here are 6 ways to naturally get rid of pet odors in your home.  These are all methods that I've found to be very effective in my own home.  OPE...
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3 Secrets To Getting the Most From Your Pet Sitter

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Let's be real...hiring a professional pet sitter is an expense.  And, it can add-up when you need pet care over several days/weeks.  So, you'll want to maximize the value you get from every pet visit.  Here are my insider's 3 Secrets to getting the most from your pet sitter.  CHOOSE THE RIGHT LENGTH OF TIME You might be tempted to opt for the shortest length of ...
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FIV What You Need To Know – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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FIV, or Feline Immunodeficiency Virus, affects cats worldwide. FIV is the most-similar to human HIV.  Symptoms sometimes do not manifest until up to a year after contracting the virus. Once it begins to manifest the cat's immune system is weakened greatly, which leads them at risk for other diseases. FIV is not typically fatal for cats, as they can live relatively healthily as ...
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Safe Game Day Snacks To Share With Your Dog – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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It's Football Season!  And, we don't like to leave our furry family members on the bench!  Whether you're tailgating at the game or watching at home, you can easily include your furry friend in the Football Foods Fun.  Here is a list of Top Scoring safe Game Day snacks to share with your dog. FRUIT Looking to balance your not-so-healthy food choices with some good one...
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This Story Will Make You Think Twice Before Boarding Your Pets

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As pet parents, we have several options for care of our pets whenever we must be away from home.    And, we always want the best for our furry babies, so we do our due diligence in researching the very best choice.  Boarding your pets is a popular choice.  I'm writing this post in hopes to help with your research to consider something you might not otherwise put into the mix wh...
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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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Moving With Your Cat – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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Moving house can be an exciting time!  However, it can also bring lots of stress.  This stress not only affects the humans in our household, but, it affects our pets, as well.  Cats can be particularly sensitive to changes in surroundings.  In this blog, I'll share with you some tips for making the move with as minimal stress to your kitty, as possible. Preparing For Travel:...
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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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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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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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What To Do if You Have a Lost Pet – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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Losing a pet can be a scary experience, even if it is just for a short while. Hopefully, some of these tips will help you track down or prevent losing your pet. Check the neighborhood. It may behoove you to check the close by neighborhoods as well. This will just involve old-fashioned footwork--driving through, walking through, asking letter carriers, etc. If your neigh...
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Update Your Home and Keep You and Your Furry Friends Safe

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Are you aware of how advantageous it is to obtain a security platform to be able to check if your family pets are alright?  When you're away from home, having a security system can provide more peace of mind for the times when your pet sitter is not actively caring for your pets.  If you have an automated security system, you will be able to check on your home with the clic...
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Should Shelters Run Background Checks on Potential Adopters?

Should Shelters Run Background Checks on Potential Adopters?
Where would we be without our furry friends? Most people love their pets and do everything they can to ensure that their beloved companions are well-taken care of and loved. Unfortunately, not everyone feels that way. Some people want nothing more than to harm or neglect an animal. And where do they go to get these animals? At their local pet store or animal shelter. Th...
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General Pet Rodent Care – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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Pets like hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs and other rodents are good for people who can only give minimal care to a pet in contrast to the amount of work a cat or dog takes. Additionally, these pets are used as a precursor for parents who are thinking about getting their child a kitten or puppy. Pet rodents generally will live three to five years-much shorter than that of a dog....
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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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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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