Why We Need to Be Encouraging Therapy Animals in Hospitals

Why We Need to Be Encouraging Therapy Animals in Hospitals
For a long time, people have kept pets for companionship. Now, modern science suggests that interacting with these animals can also offer a host of health benefits, provided that the animals are gentle and friendly. This is why animal-assisted therapy in hospital is increasingly gaining acceptance and popularity. Today, dogs, cats and other animals can be used to not only l...
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Does Temperature Matter? 4 Ways Your Home’s Temperature Affects Your Pets

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When the temperatures outside become unbearable in the hot summer months and frigid winter wind, humans can close the windows and switch on the heating and air conditioning units. While humans can listen to the clues their bodies give as to when to turn up the dial on the thermostat, our pets are not able to let us know when they're feeling too hot or too cold. Temperature...
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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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5 DIY Cat Treat Recipes for Thanksgiving – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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Looking to bake-up some LOVE for your feline over the Thanksgiving holiday?  Here are some tried-and-true recipes to give you some inspurration! HOMEMADE SALMON AND OAT TREATS My cats (and dog!) LOVE anything with seafood.  If your felines are the same, then try baking these crunchy treats for them.  And, they have the added, hidden appeal of catnip!  Check out the re...
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“Who Gets Dad’s Dog?” The Guide to Inheriting Pets

“Who Gets Dad's Dog?" The Guide to Inheriting Pets
The death of a family member can be extremely stressful in many ways. Not only do you have to deal with the loss of a loved one, but sometimes you also have to deal with the legal aftermath, often involving probate law. Preparation beforehand can help make the process go smoother, but one thing that is often forgotten in the preparations is what happens to the deceased’s pe...
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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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How to Keep Your Pets Safe in a Hurricane – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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"A new forecast says the 2017 hurricane season could be worse than normal — and the potential impact on North Carolina could be increasingly troublesome. Both the Weather Channel and the National Weather Service say the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season, which begins June 1 and ends Nov. 30, will be more active than usual, and the number of named storms and hurricanes should b...
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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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Back to School Time – Tips for Helping Your Dog Adjust – Lucy’s Pet Care

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Summer is coming to a close and back to school pictures are being snapped by the hundreds. Days spent lounging in bed, on vacation, and playing with friends are traded for early mornings and classrooms. A house bustling with activity all day long turns quiet for long hours of the day. And this can leave your dog feeling confused and lonely.  You may even notice a change in appe...
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Do I Need to Register My Dog as a Service, Emotional Support or Therapy Dog?

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Sometimes we need a little assistance getting through daily tasks. Whether it is due to mental or physical disabilities and ailments, there’s no shame in needing a helping hand. And sometimes that hand comes in the shape of a paw. That's why you may be wondering, "how do I register my dog as a service, emotional support or therapy dog?"  Well, we have some answers and links for...
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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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Pet Hair Be Gone! Tools to Get Rid of Pet Hair – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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No matter how much you love having pets in your life and home, you probably don't like the hair they shed on a daily basis. Both dogs and cats, including those with short hair and long hair, can shed so much that you climb off the couch looking like you have on a sweater. With the right tools, you really can eliminate all the hair that your pets shed. Sticker Brush Though...
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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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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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Best Indoor Pets (if you hate wintertime weather!) – Lucy’s Pet Care

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INDOOR PETS Even though it hasn’t really felt like winter here in North Carolina, we are still smack dab in the coldest part of the year. And sometimes the warmer weather just makes feel it even worse when the temperatures dip back below freezing. That’s when the penchant for comfy blankets and cuddles instead of venturing outside really kicks in. This is especially true when ...
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Paws-itively the Best Pet Carriers! – Lucy’s Pet Care

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Paws-itively the Best Pet Carriers If you're a pet owner, there will come a time when you need to transport your pet to the vet, groomer, kennel, daycare or for vacation travel.  And, to ensure you can do so easily and safely, you'll probably want to utilize a pet carrier.  Below, we've picked some of the best pet carriers from which to choose. Petmate Two Door Top Load P...
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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 Spot and Treat Heatstroke in Dogs

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  The Dog Days of Summer and What You Need to Know about Heatstroke The dog days of summer are here and in the Carolinas to say the heat has been oppressive is almost an understatement. As we prepare for the start of school it easy to think that summer is coming to a close, but the threat of heat stroke for humans and dogs alike is still very real. So, how do you ...
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Fourth of July Safety Tips for Your Durham Dog

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Fourth of July Safety Tips for Your Durham Dog Fire up the grill and pull out the sparklers, it's time for food, family, friends, and fun! The 4th of July is a great time to celebrate American life with our loved ones. We may be having a blast, but your dog sees it differently. Make sure to know these Fourth of July safety tips to keep everyone safe and happy. Don't bring...
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