About Nicole Apostle

Nicole Apostle is the marketing director at Leo&Lucky's.

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Pet Safety around Halloween Doesn’t Have to be Scary!

Halloween is such a fun time of year for humans and animals alike. While it’s fun to dress your four-legged friends up for the occasion, there are several concerns about safety when it comes to pets. The Pet Poison hotline says they receive a 12 percent increase in calls during Halloween. Read on to learn how to protect your pets! Safe Storage / Unsafe FoodsPet owners should store all candy in a safe place, well out of a dog’s

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DO teach an old dog new tricks – 7 ways to keep your senior pet in tip-top shape

All pets age differently, depending on size, breed, lifestyle choices, diet, and environment. Even though she may seem young in your eyes, your dog aged 7 and older, or your cat aged 11 and older, is considered a senior. To keep your senior pets vibrant into old age, consider the following steps: Fine tune their dietEvery pet needs a wholesome diet, but aging pets need more care than youthful ones. Elderly pets need more protein than younger pets. The more digestible

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Leo&Lucky’s named a Nextdoor 2022 Neighborhood Favorite Local Business

Leo&Lucky’s has been named to the winning list of Nextdoor’s 6th annual Neighborhood Favorites, an awards program recognizing local businesses committed to helping their neighborhoods thrive. Winners of the 2022 Neighborhood Favorites were determined based on the number of neighbor recommendations a local business receives on Nextdoor across various categories. “On Nextdoor, small businesses are a trusted and core member of the community. These local businesses go above and beyond to make their neighborhoods a kind, welcoming place. It is

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Creating the Perfect Commode for your Cat

They give the best cuddles, and squeak out the cutest meows. Paws down, cats make purrrrfect companions… that is, until they resist using the litter box. If your cat has ever gone on a litter strike, you know how just how detrimental to a harmonious household it can be. Sadly, litter training issues are the leading reason why cats are given up to animal shelters. Did you know that litter box refusal may not be your cat’s fault? If your cat

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Pets “back to stressing” over back to school? Try these tips

 As summer break winds down, vacation suitcases are unpacked, and the kids start stuffing their backpacks with supplies for a new year, you may notice your pet acting differently – what’s the deal? It’s not your imagination: this season can trigger behavioral issues. We often see an increase in training and behavioral questions from our customers right around when school is back in session. When children suddenly aren’t around to shower their favorite furry friend with attention, pets can feel lonely

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You Are Probably Feeding Your Cat “Wrong” – and Here’s Why

Most cat owners feed their kitties from bowls, and many allow their felines to graze all day on dry food that is continually filled when they let us know it is running low. This can make it difficult to know how much your cat is actually eating, especially in multiple-cat households (and, as cat owners know, it’s easy to “acquire” more than one cat!) Cats often become overweight and have no way to expend their energy with the availability of an all-day buffet and the slothfulness

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Leo&Lucky’s voted Best Pet Store and Best Groomer for 7th year

We are so pleased to announce some “pawsome” news! Thanks to your votes, we have been named Best Pet Store and Best Groomer for the 7th year in a row in the “Best of Bradenton Herald” competition. It is an honor to be awarded these accolades as they are decided by the people who know us best: our incredible loyal customers. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for entrusting us with your fur babies’ well-being. It’s a privilege

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Are you making these pet food storage mistakes?

Whether your purpose is for organizing or aesthetics, there’s a container for everything. Lost are the days where our cereal risked getting stale in its original box or we found dreaded ants in our unsealed bag of sugar. There’s even a store whose primary focus is containers! With so many options at our disposal, it’s no surprise that you might seek out a “better” option for storing your pets’ food. We’re all familiar with the pitter-patter of paws on the floor

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​Staying cool … some quick tips to keep your dog comfortable!

Portions of this article originally appeared on NexPet. It’s a warm one out there! Here are some ideas to keep your dog comfortable in these summer months: Stay indoors with the AC… always an option. Wait til cooler parts of the day to walk your dog. Take water with you on your walk, for both of you. After a walk, a bowl of ice cubes will help your dog cool off without gulping water. Reflective mesh tarps deflect heat and create a breezy,

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5 Ways to Find the Perfect Veterinarian

All pets need to be seen by a veterinarian at least once a year for their check-up and vaccines. While it can be tempting to choose the vet’s office that is closest to your home or offers the cheapest prices, it’s important to take time to select the right vet for your pets. Like the family doctor, this is a crucial relationship that will help your pet live a long and healthy life. Make sure the vet is knowledgeable about your

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