What You Need For Your New Kitten – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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You're bringing home a new kitten!  Congratulations on your new fur baby!  Here's a list of basic supplies you'll need to make sure your new kitten has everything she needs to be comfortable in her new home. Food and Water You'll want to select low-lipped food and water dishes to ensure your tiny kitten can access rations.  Even a small plate for food can work well.  Prov...
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What You Need to Know Before Getting a Ferret – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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Ferrets are fairly social creatures. If you have a ferret, they need to be out of their cage at least 4 hours a day. You should play with them at least two of those hours or more if they are the only ferret in your household. They basically need companionship. More space and socialization they have the happier they will be. If this sounds like you would run into issue...
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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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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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Unusual Cat Products ft. Uncommon Goods – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

Is your kitty BORED with the same ol', same ol' toys?  TIRED of the same bedding?  Looking for something to PERK-UP her whiskers?  Here are some unusual cat products that might just put a spring in your kitty's step, again! CAT BEDS: Your kitty will be sleeping in style with a cozy, comfy and unique pet bed! SCRATCH PADS: Gone are the days of simplis...
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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 Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Your Dog – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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Looking for special ways to share Valentine's love with your dog in the Durham area, this year?  Perhaps one or more of these ideas will bring tail wags: PET MASSAGE: February 20th 5:45-6:45pm / $10 Pets knead massage too! Pet parents come with or without your pets. Pets friendly with other animals are welcome (typical pet is a dog) One pet per pet parent please. F...
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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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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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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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10 Ways to Relieve Dog Boredom – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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10 Ways to Relieve Dog Boredom 1.       Play Hide and Seek With Your Pup A good way to relieve dog boredom is playing a little game of hiding treats with you dog. This will be entertaining for them and filling. You’ll also be teaching them some nose work techniques will tiring them out before guest come over. 2.       “Which Hand” game This is another way to work ...
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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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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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What You Should Know Before Getting a Pet Rodent – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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Rodents, although small, do require quite a bit of pet care. They are basically tiny escape artists and can be ultra-sensitive to sound and light. Basic Requirements of Rodents Housing in stable and compatible groups. You should take into account the gender, age, reproductive condition, familiarity, and general past of your rodents before housing them together Enclos...
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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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