What is the Best FIRST Pet for my Family? – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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What is the Best FIRST Pet for my Family? A Guide to Choosing Your Family's First Pet It can be hard to pick out the best first pet for your family, but, luckily we have some great information to help you along the way. Cats & Dogs The friendship between a child and his dog or cat is a tale as old as time; palling around and growing up together, but it’s not always as p...
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The “Scoop” About Litter Box Issues

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The "Scoop" about Litter Box Issues Today we’re tackling the sometimes smelly litter box issues.  Most cats use it with ease, but there are some tips and tricks you need to make sure they have the right accommodations for successful use. Location of Litter Box:   Firstly, you need to decide where the litter box will end up.  It is best to put it in a quiet and safe area in...
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What You Need To Know If Your Durham Dog or Cat Bites Someone

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What You Need To Know If Your Durham Dog or Cat Bites Someone One of our biggest fears as a pet owner is that our beloved Durham dog or cat will bite someone.  Every animal is capable of this act.  What triggers this aggressive behavior is topic for another blog.  Here, I'll detail what you can expect if your dog or cat bites someone.  I hope that by having this information...
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St. Patty’s Day Fun With Your Durham Dog!

Shamrocks and beer is usually how people see Saint Patrick’s Day.  But it’s also another great chance to admire and spend time with your dogs.  There are a lot of happy, curious and independent breeds that hail from the Emerald Isle and there is a lot of fun to be had with your pet. Irish Breeds: Irish Setter - A great companion with a friendly disposition and a hear...
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Tips for House Training Your Dog – Lucy’s Pet Care

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Tips for House Training Your Dog Welcoming a new member of the family is always an exciting time.  Whether it's a new puppy or an older rescue dog, the happiness they bring into the home is simply wonderful.  What's not exactly wonderful is cleaning up accidents on your carpet. However, with patience, persistence, and consistency house training can help them learn their new ...
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Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day With Your Pets

Valentine's Day is often filled with expectations of romance or sometimes even melancholy recollections. So, if you want to make sure you’re not let down this Valentine’s Day, make a date with your pet! Who better to spend a day of love with than your sweet, eager-to-please fur baby? Grab Lunch at A Dog Friendly Cafe:  Taking your dog out for lunch at a cute cafe and a g...
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Are You Ready to Become a Foster Pet Parent?

Are You Ready to Become a Foster Pet Parent?   Becoming foster pet parent is a temporary, yet considerable, commitment for both you and the foster pet. A foster home for pets is an incredibly important part of their adoption process. Having a safe home where they can socialize and learn a routine is key to make sure they can successfully be adopted.  If you’re thin...
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Holiday Pet Safety Tips

  Holiday Pet Safety Tips.  It’s finally here, Christmas Day!  And, New Year’s is right around the corner.  With all the festivities, it’s easy to overlook some simple safety tips that will keep your pets out of harm’s way this holiday season.  Our furry family may love the extra attention and treats they get this time of year; but they don’t always understand it or...
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How to Cat Proof Your Christmas Tree

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How to Cat Proof Your Christmas Tree Naturally, cats love trees. They must be euphoric when they spot that tree with all of those dangling and glittering things.  I’m sure they’re thinking that they have just struck the cat toy lottery! Okay, so cats may not really understand the purpose of a Christmas tree and they certainly don’t understand that those shiny bulbs aren’t h...
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Is it Okay to Give a Dog as a Gift?

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  The holidays are around the corner and you may be thinking about getting a new dog as a gift for the family.  While you should never give a dog as a gift to someone unexpectedly, a dog can be a great present for an older child or loved one.  There is a lot to consider when bringing a new life into your home.  Do you want to crate or let them sleep with you?  Will ...
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Pet Bereavement Resources for Pet Loss – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

Pet Bereavement Resources for Pet Loss It’s never easy to lose someone that you love. Pet loss can be felt deeply and for many years.  When you have a companion that is by your side for years, it can be hard to cope with their passing.  Some people, mostly non pet parents, like to marginalize your loss.  They’ll say things like, “Well, at least it wasn’t your parents, or c...
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Tips on How to Prepare for Your First Cat – Lucy’s Pet Care

Tips on How to Prepare for Your First Cat Over the weekend my best friend adopted two kittens.  They are so stinking cute, I mean absolutely adorable.  It doesn’t help that I almost always have kitten fever.  I just love them so much, from their lovable little faces their fluffy little bottoms that rise when you pet them, cats are the best.  If you have never had a cat, it’s...
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What Does It Mean When My Durham Dog Is Lethargic?

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What Does It Mean When My Durham Dog Is Lethargic? Why is My Dog so Tired? Dogs are usually playful, happy, and curious beings. However, like humans, dog’s energy levels fluctuate depending on a number of factors. Things that can affect your dog’s energy include diet, fitness, stimulation, and health. If you notice your dog is suddenly lethargic without obvious reason,...
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Cat Pain: How to Know if Your Cat is Silently Suffering

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Cat Pain:  Signs your cat may be suffering Do you know how to tell if your cat may be in pain? You might be thinking “Oh, that’s easy! He’ll cry or whimper!”  Not necessarily so!  By nature, cats tend to hide their pain or suffering. If you suspect your cat may be in pain, you should be aware of some tell tale signs. Personality changes Resistance to touch Resting on...
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6 Ways To Ease Your Dog’s Anxiety

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Stress and Anxiety in Dogs Like humans, dogs have anxiety and fear. Fear is an inherent emotion of nervousness resulting from what is either a real, or perceived, external threat. The fear response of the autonomic nervous system is what is known as the fight or flight effect. Fear as a response to threat is a normal behavior.  This reaction is essential for survival. Howeve...
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9 Must-Have Apps for Dog Owners!

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9 Must-Have Apps for Dog Owners! Apps have become a significant part of modern life, there seems to be an app available for just about everything.  Did you know there plenty of apps out there now for you and your dog?  They are pretty cool apps, too -  if I do say so myself!  Keep reading to learn about 9 must have apps for dog owners! All are available on iOS and Android....
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Sad Dogs: Signs of Dog Depression

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Sad Dogs:  Signs of Dog Depression Is My Dog Depressed? We all know that humans have a tendency to suffer from depression. However, far fewer of us are aware that our beloved fur buddies can also suffer from depression from time to time. If you’re concerned about your dog, consider a few tell-tale signs that they tend to exhibit when they aren’t feeling quite like thems...
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How Do I Keep My Dog Out of the Litter Box?

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Does your dog love "all things cat?"  Does he go bonkers for cat treats, food and even toys?  Does his love go even further, so that he goes litter box diving for "snacks?"  Are you having a hard time keeping your dog out of the litter box?  If so, you're not alone in this dilemma.  Those of us with canines and felines under the same roof know this can be a real challenge.  It'...
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What You Need to Know About the Durham Dog Flu

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What You Need to Know About the Durham Dog Flu You may have already heard about a potentially fatal strain of dog flu that's been slowly spreading across the country.  It first made headlines when a large outbreak occurred in Chicago, back in April of this year.  Since then, it's infected dogs in more than 12 states.  With 3 reported cases in Winston-Salem, this illness ha...
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How to Safely Detox Your Durham Dog

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How To Safely Detox Your Durham Dog Apple Cider Vinegar for Dogs Have you heard about the amazing effects of Apple Cider Vinegar on dogs? Dogs need to undergo detoxification just as much as humans do.  Now, more than ever, toxins are polluting our environment which unfortunately also pollutes us and our dogs!  A dog’s body works naturally to detox itself but due to the exce...
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