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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Top 3 Benefits of Crate Training – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

To Crate Train or Not To Crate Train....  There are differing opinions on the method.  In this post, I'll share with you the Top 5 Benefits of Crate Training.  This information might help you make a decision as to whether or not it's a route you choose to take with your own dog. Many people are opposed to crate training because they feel the confinement is cruel. However, wh...
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Ideas For What To Do With Stuff That Didn’t Sell At Your Garage Sale

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The weekend is drawing to a close and your garage sale customers are starting to dwindle.  You've had a successful garage sale...but, there are some unsold items.  Now you're wondering, "What am I gonna do with all of this stuff?!"  Here are some ideas to help you get rid of the rest of your unwanted things. IF YOU'RE STILL LOOKING TO MAKE SOME MONEY: List for Sal...
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How to Introduce a New Cat into the House – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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  How to Introduce a New Cat into the House! Getting a new pet is pretty exciting but can also be exhausting. You are introducing your cat to a totally new environment, which can stress the cat out and give them a few unwanted coping mechanisms.  Even the ride home for a cat can be slightly traumatizing. During the ride home you should avoid reckless driving and blaring ...
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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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Safety Tips for Hiking with Your Pooch This Summer – Lucy’s Pet Care

Safety Tips for Hiking with Your Pooch This Summer Hiking is a fantastic way to enjoy the outdoors and many people find their dogs love to join them on the trails. Here are a few tips to make sure you and your pet stay safe on your adventures this summer. Supplies Stay prepared wherever you decide to hike. Here is a list of supplies to bring with you and to make sure you...
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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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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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Valentine’s Gift Ideas Pet Edition!

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Valentine's Gift Ideas Pet Edition! Valentine's Day is coming up! Valentine's Day is all about showing your loved ones how you really feel. Looking for the purrfect gift?  Here are some ideas! Pamper Your Pet! When you pamper your pet for Valentine's Day, you're not only giving your lovely pet a little treat- you are also helping your local groomer out financially and ...
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How to Prepare for your Pet Sitter

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It can be hard to leave your pet at home while you're gone. Hiring a pet sitter helps relieve some of that anxiety, letting you relax on vacation or focus for a business conference. It's also important to take a few steps to get ready for your sitter while you prepare for your trip. Important tips to consider: Leave all phone numbers, plus the place you're staying, by...
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Fun with Your Durham Dog on Labor Day Weekend – Lucy’s Pet Care

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Happy Labor Day from Lucy's Pet Care!   It is the last long weekend of the summer. So, don’t forget to include your four-legged family member in your Labor Day festivities! There are plenty of things to do with the whole family! Check out these "pawsome" ideas for having fun with your pet this Labor Day Weekend.   Enjoy the Great Outdoors With the weath...
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