Pet Pre-PAW-edness

Pet Preparedness

My German Wirehaired Pointer has a microchip. If Baron and my family are ever separated in an emergency, officials will have an easier time matching us back up again.

In the September issue of the NEBLINE newsletter, Extension Educator Lorene Bartos shared information and resources to help our families prepare for emergencies and natural disaster situations. We learned how to “Be Informed” | “Make a Plan” | “Make a Kit” | “Get Involved”.

This month, Nebraska’s First Dog, “Snickers,” has also been active in helping pet parents think ahead in the event of an emergency/natural disaster. Your kit should have all the items needed to care for your individual pet. A pet lizard will need different survival items in a kit than for a bird or hamster. Here are some of the items Snickers suggests putting in a kit for your pet dog/cat:

  • 3-7 day supply pet food in a watertight container.
  • 3-7 day supply of water just for your pet.
  • Any pet medicines.
  • Bowls for eating/drinking.
  • A pet first aid kit (cotton bandage rolls, bandage tape, scissors, antibiotic ointment, flea/tick prevention, isopropyl alcohol, saline solution).
  • Extra collar, leash, ID/rabies tag in case your pet loses anything in the shuffle.
  • Your pet’s papers and any medical records.
  • Your pet’s carrier – big enough to stand up in.
  • Plastic bags, bleach/sanitary wipes, paper towels for any pet messes. If you have a cat, include litter and a litter box.
  • A recent photo of your pet with your family so people know you belong with your pet in the event you are separated.
  • Other: towel, blanket, treats, toys, blankets.

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Free October NEBLINE is On-line! Grab it!

The Free NEBLINE Newsletter  is on-line

The October issue of The NEBLINE newsletter is now on-line. You’re bound to find something for nearly everyone in your family.

Below I’ve listed some of the articles featured in the free on-line October issue.

Visit http://lancaster.unl.edu/nebline and click on the link to the October 2014 NEBLINE!

  • Smart Snacking!
  • So Many Ways to Connect to UNL Extension’s Food Resources
  • Walnut Trail Mix Recipe
  • Halloween Safety Tips
  • Ask Lorene: How do I clean my flat screens (TV or computer) without using harsh chemicals?
  • Family Cell Phone Rules
  • Wanted: Craft and Hobby Entrepreneurs in Nebraska
  • Tips for Time Management
  • AARP Driver Safety Program, Nov. 14 in Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Freeze Effects on Forages
  • Managing Resistant Weeds
  • Is Your Dog Prepared for Winter?
  • Potatoes Turning Green
  • October Garden Guide
  • Tiny Bugs with a Big Bite
  • Now’s the Time to Do Some “Pest-Proofing!”
  • …. and much more

If you don’t live in Lancaster County, Nebraska, please make sure to check out your local extension office too. Your extension office has resources for you, your family and community. To find your local office, visit http://lancaster.unl.edu/office/locate.shtml (nationwide listing).

Have a great day!!

Soni

Responsive. Innovative. Trusted.
UNL Extension provides research-based information to help you make informed decisions any time, any place, anywhere – http://lancaster.unl.edu

Check out the September NEBLINE Newsletter!

September NEBLINE issue

Clementine and Clyde checking out The NEBLINE newsletter. Of course there’s something in the free NEBLINE for just about everyone!

The September issue of The NEBLINE newsletter is now on-line at http://lancaster.unl.edu/nebline! Like last month, you’ll find something in the NEBLINE for nearly everyone! Here are just a few of the articles you’ll find in this month’s free issue:

  • 4-H Youth Showcase Their Achievements at Super Fair
  • Avoid These Canning Practices!
  • We’ve got a free class coming up! Quick, Tasty, Healthy, 5-Ingredient Recipes, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 6:30–8 p.m. in Lincoln, Nebraska
  • September is National Preparedness Month
  • Ask Lorene: Do I need to clean my dishwasher?
  • Activities to Help Me Grow! From The Learning Child Blog
  • Helping Reduce Falls in Older Adults Program: Stepping On Workshop to Reduce Falls, Sept. 8–Oct. 20 in Lincoln, Nebraska
  • 2014 Household Hazardous Waste Collections in Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Fall is the Best Time for Control of Tough Weeds
  • Predicting Last Irrigation of the Season for Crops
  • Water Meter Calculator App and CornWater Irrigation Management Online Tools Now Available
  • Flowers That Tower
  • September Garden Guide
  • Cicada Killers and Steel-Blue Cricket Hunters – Wasp
  • …. and much more

If you don’t live in Lancaster County, Nebraska, please make sure to check out your local extension office too. Your extension office has resources for you, your family and community. To find your local office, visit http://lancaster.unl.edu/office/locate.shtml (nationwide listing).

Have a great day!!

Soni

Responsive. Innovative. Trusted.
UNL Extension provides research-based information to help you make informed decisions any time, any place, anywhere – http://lancaster.unl.edu

Texting …

This morning my sister told me a motorcyclist passed her on the way to work. When he went around her car, she noticed he didn’t have his hands on his handlebars. He was texting on his phone. Really? Passing another vehicle at highway speeds, no hands controlling the bike and texting. Scary!!!

Technology is an amazing tool especially now that it is totally mobile! I’ll be the first to admit, I love having all the resources of the internet at my fingertips when I need it. When driving, I need to put my phone away because I am too tempted to use it. If you can’t shut the phone off, stick it in your purse, put it in the backseat until you are stopped.  Hands free in the vehicle is also an option (unless you are on a motorcycle) however, this is still a distraction because you aren’t totally focused on the road.

One of the area police departments just happened to shared the video “Do U think you are good at texting?” on their Facebook page this morning. Good timing! Short and to the point.

More resources:

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Stay safe and Have a great day!!

Soni

Responsive. Innovative. Trusted.
UNL Extension provides research-based information to help you make informed decisions any time, any place, anywhere – http://lancaster.unl.edu

Safety Tips for Visiting Animals & Livestock at Fairs

Ask exhibitors questions about their animals and always keep a safe distance from large animals

If you have any questions, be sure to ask exhibitors about their animals. Remember to always keep a safe distance from large animals.

It’s fair time! Many families enjoy attending one of our many county fairs and of course, the Nebraska State Fair.

The animals are always a popular attraction at the fair. Whether it is a petting zoo at the fair or just a walk through one of the livestock or horse barns, you play an important role in helping prevent the spread of disease. Continue reading

It’s on-line! It’s free! It’s the August NEBLINE Newsletter

Nebline CatThe August issue of The NEBLINE newsletter is now on-line at http://lancaster.unl.edu/nebline! We cover a lot of topics and you’ll find resources for you and your family. Here are just a few of the articles you’ll find in this month’s issue:

  • Cherry Creek Habitat Provides Opportunities for Pollinator Education
  • Super, Simple Summer Salads (includes recipes for Mighty Quick Apple Cabbage Cole Slaw, Tomato-Cucumber Salad with Parsley & Mint, Corn Salad, Marinated 3-Bean Salad, Pasta Salad, Creamy Cauliflower Salad)
  • Time to Visit Nebraska’s County Fairs
  • Tips for Managing Time with School Starting and Schedules Changing
  • Info on a Reducing Falls Workshop this Fall
  • Preparing For & Entering Kindergarten
  • Summer Livestock Fly Control
  • Harvest & Storage of Apples & Pears
  • August Garden Guide
  • European Wool Carder Bee
  • 5 Ways to Protect Pollinators & Beneficial Insects
  • 4-H & Youth Programs & Upcoming Events
  • Recap of 4-H Clover College and Photos
  • 2014 Lancaster County Super Fair Schedule Map
    …. and more

If you don’t live in Lancaster County, Nebraska, please make sure to check out your local extension office too. Your extension office has resources for you, your family and community. To find your local office, visit http://lancaster.unl.edu/office/locate.shtml (nationwide listing).

Have a great day!!

Soni

Responsive. Innovative. Trusted.
UNL Extension provides research-based information to help you make informed decisions any time, any place, anywhere – http://lancaster.unl.edu

Grab the bug spray…. or not?

“What all purpose bug sprays should we be routinely using around the house?”

My answer? “None.”

I was asked this question recently by a man who brought a spider into our office for identification. It isn’t the first time – we get asked about routine pesticide use quite often.

In our extension office, we recommend an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach. By following the principles of IPM, you don’t need to routinely spray pesticides around your home. By using an IPM approach, you’ll save time, money and reduce your exposure to unnecessary pesticides.

Caulking windows - photo by V. Jedlicka UNL Extension in Lancaster County

Caulking around windows helps save energy and keeps pests out


Honestly, this isn’t something I tell people just because it is a university recommendation. It’s something I believe in and practice around my own home because it works. I feel better not exposing myself, my family or the environment to the unnecessary use of pesticides. I’ve even saved money on heating/cooling bills because when you seal pests out of your home, you’re also sealing up cracks and gaps leaking energy. I will use pesticides if I have to, but it depends on the pest and the situation. There’s no need to use pesticides if it isn’t absolutely necessary.

This is where the basic principles of IPM come into play. What you can do…
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