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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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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Lyme Disease And Your Dog – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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Lyme disease is caused by the spirochete bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi. It is transmitted to humans and dogs by ticks. It is common in the northeast United States. It is difficult to diagnose because most dogs and people who test positively for it are not clinically ill. Only about 10% of positively tested dogs will ever develop clinical symptoms. A lot of vets would argue that...
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Five Things First-Time Puppy Owners Need to Remember

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Five Things First-Time Puppy Owners Need to Remember Congratulations! You just brought your new puppy home, and you're excited about spending your life with your new companion. While your puppy will make a wonderful friend, there's a lot you'll need to teach him while he grows up. If you're a first-time puppy owner, it can be easy to lose sight of the big picture. It's imp...
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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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Something You Should Know About In-Your-Home Pet Sitting…

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When you choose us for in-your-home pet sitting rather than boarding, you might not realize the terrific additional services that are included for free.  These services can be worth hundreds....to thousands....of dollars! I'd like to site a recent example of how our in-your-home pet sitter caught a serious problem that could have had disastrous outcome, if she hadn't bee...
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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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