Prepare Pets For Fleas And Ticks

By: Pam Wiese Email
By: Pam Wiese Email

It's time to start parasite preventatives. As summer approaches, some of the feistiest predators your pet may meet, namely fleas and ticks, arrive.

Even indoor cats can become a buffet for bugs that come in on other pets or people. You should always check with your veterinarian on what products are the best for your specific pet. Your vet will likely recommend prescription preventatives that help keep the fleas and ticks off your pet and kill them if they do latch on.

It's a quick and easy application. Once a month you simply squeeze the liquid onto a spot your pet can't reach to lick away. While these products kill fleas and ticks, some also prevent eggs from hatching and maturing, so they eliminate the pests before they get on your pet.

Don't forget about mosquitoes. Heartworm is transmitted by those buggers who bite an infected dog or cat and then bite and transmit the larvae into healthy animals. The larvae migrate to the heart and mature into adult worms. Left untreated, heartworm is fatal.

Treatment isn't very successful with cats and is painful and expensive for dogs, so it's much easier and cheaper to prevent heartworm. Your vet should do a heartworm test yearly and then give a chewable tablet or topical for cats once a month, which is neat, easy and painless.

Saturday is the last day to license your pet in Omaha and Sarpy County, the last day to get your payment in without facing a penalty. The Nebraska Humane Society near North 90th and Fort streets is open until 5 p.m. Saturday. You can also license online, but you need your invoice to do it. If your pet isn't up to date on rabies, go ahead and license to avoid the penalty. You'll then have 30 days to get those vaccinations.

NHS is open Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and weekdays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. You can always look up animals and find information at nehumanesociety.org.


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