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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6 Ways to Naturally Get Rid of Pet Odors In Your Home

Being a pet parent is very rewarding.  It's so great to be greeted at the door by our furry friends after a long day away!  However, we'd like wagging tails, purrs and kisses to be our only greeting...and, not unwanted pet odors.  Here are 6 ways to naturally get rid of pet odors in your home.  These are all methods that I've found to be very effective in my own home.  OPE...
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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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Sun Protection For Your Dog – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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Summer is a great time to take your dog out on some adventures. Applying sunscreen is important for you, but, is also important for your pet!  Here are some tips for your dog's sun protection. Sunscreen: When chosing a sunscreen for you and your pet, you should pick one that blocks UVA and UVB rays. Products that block both will normally be labled "broad spectrum". Br...
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Run with Your Dog – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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Looking for another fun way to spend quality time with your dog?  And, have the bonus of burning off extra energy and keeping you and your pup happy and healthy?  Considering taking your pup along as your running/jogging partner?  Read on for tips to make sure you take the proper steps to ensure positive results. Build Up To Full Speed: Just as with humans, canines need t...
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Where to Get Frozen Dog Treats in Durham – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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Summertime is upon us!  This means lots of fun outdoor play with our pooches:  hiking, swimming, wading, rolling in the grass, playing fetch, etc.  Once playtime is over, we love to treat our pups to something tasty and refreshing to help cool them down.  Here are some frosty ideas of yummy goodies you can get here in Durham! Ice Cream at Oliver's Collar Dog Treat Bakery and...
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Father’s Day Gift Ideas for Pet Dads – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

Do you know a Proud Pet Father?  Is he just the most caring, loving, compassionate pet parent on the planet?  Will he do anything for his furry, feathered, finned or scaled friend? Whether or not he's a parent to a human child or fur babies, he's still a GREAT DAD!  Here are some ways to help him celebrate Father's Day! Handmade Greeting Card: I love to shop on Etsy.co...
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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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Best Summertime Dog Toys – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

Ahhhh, it's finally summer!  And, a great time for fun, special, outdoor play with your dog!  Looking for ideas of the best summertime dog toys?  Here are some that might spark your dog's interest!  Kiddie Pool This is a good 'ol standby!  Great for dogs of all sizes, as you can adjust the depth of the water.  Your dog might enjoy splashing in it or may just plop down f...
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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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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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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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Does My Dog Need a Winter Coat or Sweater? Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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Animals wearing clothes can be a controversial subject. Don’t let the Animal Clothes Politics get to you! There are some smaller breed or lighter weight dogs that really need the extra support in the wintertime. Some dogs actually have lighter coats of fur than other dogs, so they are suffering more from the cold than other pups out there. How warm your dog’s body is able to ...
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5 Hypoallergenic Dog Treat Recipes – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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Is your dog allergic to certain foods?  Thus, making it more difficult to find ready-made treats in the store that he can enjoy?  Never fear!  You can still give your pup tasty (and healthy) treats without taking too much time or trouble in your kitchen.  Here are some easy hypoallergenic dog treat recipes that you might want to try! PB & Ginger Snaps: These are v...
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Hiking with Your Durham Dog – Tips and Trails – Lucy’s Pet Care

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Hiking with your Durham dog is a great way to bond with your pet. Before you take in the great outdoors, there are a few things that you need. Basic First Aid Kit Dogs and people are prone to injury especially while being more active. Although it's cold out now, when it's warm you also have to think about bees, snakes, and other critters that will be trying to take a bite...
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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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