Pet Insurance Pros and Cons – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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Animal medicine has seen some significant improvements within the past 10 years. These advancements come with a higher cost to pet owners. This has resulted in a higher cost for pet insurance.  Less than 1% of pets are insured in America. Knowing the pros and cons of pet insurance can help you decide if insuring your pet is right for you.   Pros:   -You only have to pay...
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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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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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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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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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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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When Boarding is Best for your Pet- Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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Here at Lucy's Pet Care, we actively Relieve Pet Parent Guilt by coming to your home to care for your pets.  Our service has many advantages for your pets and you:  convenience; built-in home care services; continuity of care for your pets with regards to environment, schedule and food; etc.  However, there are instances when we may not be the best option for your household.  H...
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Should My Pet Come on Vacation or Stay at Home?

When your pet is your best friend, it's tempting to bring him everywhere with you. Sometimes, however, bringing your pet on vacation isn't the best idea for you or your furry friend. It's important to take your pet's needs and your vacation plans into consideration. If you decide to leave your pet at home, there are a few steps you can follow to ensure a more comfortable ti...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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