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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

DIY Home Remedies for Your Dog – Lucy’s Pet Care

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DIY Home Remedies for Your Pooch Your furry friend is just like one of the family and his care is an important part of your daily life. When your pup is facing a discomfort or health issue the fix maybe as close as your home. To help treat your pooch for some common canine problems, […]

How to Spot and Treat Heatstroke in Dogs

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  The Dog Days of Summer and What You Need to Know about Heatstroke The dog days of summer are here and in the Carolinas to say the heat has been oppressive is almost an understatement. As we prepare for the start of school it easy to think that summer is coming to a close, […]

Hot Car Safety Tips for Dogs – Lucy’s Pet Care

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Hot Car Safety Tips for Dogs Even though it is technically still spring, we have already had some summer like temperatures here in the Carolinas. Summer may still be weeks away, but when the heat waves strike, the temperatures inside of your vehicle becoming increasingly dangerous.  It’s important you know these hot car safety tips […]

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 […]

Thanksgiving Tips for Pets

While you prepare to sit down to your Thanksgiving feast this year, it’s easy to want to share some of the delectable dinner with your four legged family members.  But, it may be best to not give in to the temptation to dole out a portion to your pooch without making sure it’s safe.  Some […]

Can Veteran Dogs Suffer from PTSD?

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Dogs have been used in armies since the Romans and Greeks sent Mastiffs equipped with full armor into combat situations. There are currently more than 2,500 military working dogs in the US forces. Military working dogs are deployed to war zones, help in search and rescue missions, detect drugs and explosives and accompany Special Forces […]

What To Feed A Dog With Cancer

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The Cancer Diet and How It Can Help Your Dog    Being diagnosed with cancer is a gut-wrenching feeling, no matter which family member is affected.  You must make tough choices, especially when it comes to your pets.  A dog’s immune system is already very vulnerable due to its smaller mass and efficiency, when compared to […]

Is It Normal For My Cat To Have Dandruff? – Lucy’s Pet Care

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My Cat Has Dandruff.  What’s going on? Did you know that just like humans, cats can have dandruff for a variety of reasons? Dandruff is a common skin condition that is distinguished by the manifestation of small, white flakes of skin in the fur. Dandruff, to a large extent, is normal. In most cases owners […]

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 […]

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 I Be Worried About My Cat’s Weight Loss?

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Should I Be Worried About My Cat’s Weight Loss? WEIGHT LOSS IN CATS Many owners get worried more when their cats gain weight than when they lose weight.  The cause of the weight gain may be simply because the cat is eating too much, but weight loss usually has more underlying causes. While there is […]

The Best All Natural Pet Remedies

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The Best All Natural Pet Remedies I know that a lot of Lucy’s Pet Care clients use all natural pet remedies and pet care products for their furry babies.  I, too, am always interested in the most effective and natural products to use on my own pets.  So, I thought I’d take this opportunity to […]

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 […]

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 […]

How You Can Treat Your Dog’s Chronic Bronchitis

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Chronic Bronchitis and your Dog Does your dog have a harsh, dry cough that won’t go away?  Is the cough exacerbated by exercise?  Your dog may be suffering from chronic bronchitis. Coughing fits are no fun and can cause major discomfort. Unfortunately, it is difficult to pin point the cause of chronic bronchitis in most […]

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 […]