Fourth of July Safety Tips

While we love to celebrate the 4th of July, this is an extremely scary time for many of our pets. Fireworks and noise is very frightening for some animals and household festivities can be stressful and pose health risks. This time of the year has the most pets reported missing. Read further for tips on how to keep your pets safe over the holiday.

Prepare in Advance:

  • Make sure your pet has updated ID tags and microchip information.
  • If your pet is not microchipped, consider doing so. Collars and tags can come off.
  • Take a current photo of all of your pets just in case.
  • If your pet has a history of being anxious or you may think it will be a problem, speak to your veterinarian about anxiety medications, supplements, and desensitization techniques BEFORE the fireworks and holiday activity starts.
  • Make sure their environment is secure. Are fences in good repair? Any holes or areas they could push through? Do gate and door latches secure well?

Safety Tips:

  • Leave your pets at home. Fireworks and unfamiliar environments are extremely scary for some. Consider boarding or hiring a pet sitter if you are going out of town for an extended period of time.
  • Put in a safe, escape proof room or crate during fireworks and parties.
  • Choose a location in the house that is the quietest area if possible. Keep a radio or TV on to help block out some of the noise from outdoors.
  • Go outside with them for bathroom business. Keep on a leash if they are particularly anxious and could bolt (even in fenced yards).
  • Keep pets inside when fireworks are being set off.
  • Put notes on exit doors and gates to remind guests to keep these closed and secure.
  • Don’t let pets near the BBQ or around food tables
  • Do not feed or let guests feed your pet table scraps.
  • Keep them cool and offer water and shade if they are outdoors. This is a hot time of the year and heat stroke can easily occur.

After the Celebration:

  • Check the yard for old fireworks and sparklers before letting them outside. Even if you did not set off any fireworks, debris can drift over from neighbors.
  • Pickup any dropped food scraps or other debris that your pet may get into. This includes charcoal and glow sticks.



Starting Monday June 4, 2018 Doggy Daycare drop off and pickup will be through the North entrance of 400 hall.  Please follow these simple rules to help things go more smoothly.

Doggy Day Care Check-In Etiquette

Keep your pet on a leash at all times.

Keep your pet near your side at all times. Do not allow your pet to wander.

Do NOT allow your pet to approach other dogs or people.

Give other daycare attendees plenty of space. Allow at least 5-10 feet between you and the next person in front or behind you. We are trying to avoid congestion in the hallway.

 These rules are for all our daycare attendees’ safety. While your dog may be friends with another in the daycare yard, the excitement at drop off can be overwhelming for some individuals. Also, not all dogs coming for daycare are allowed in the yard at the same time as others. Not everyone is a friend with the other dogs. Some pets may be leash reactive or protective of their owners. This can create fighting and tension between dogs. We want this to be a fun and safe environment for all pets and owners. Please follow these rules accordingly.


Interview with Cytopoint User!

Cytopoint has been a revolutionary new allergy medication for our patients! A single injection lasts 4-8 weeks against environmental allergies that make your dog itchy, scratchy, and miserable. Jackson’s owner is sharing his story with Cytopoint.

Pet Care Center (PCC): How long has Jackson been fighting allergies?

Jackson’s Owner (JO): 2 years

PCC: What symptoms did he experience?

JO: Lots or itching, red skin, and was very irritable.

PCC: How fast did the Cytopoint start working?

JO: Within a day he seemed like started to feel better.

PCC: How long did it last for him?

JO: About 2 months.

PCC: How do you feel it has impacted his life?

JO: It provides him relief from the constant itching!

PCC: Do you feel it works better than other medications used in the past (compared to Benadryl, steroids, Apoquel)?

JO: Yes, Cytopoint has been the best medication by far for his allergies and it is more cost effective.

PCC: What are a few things you like about the Cytopoint shot?

JO: It works quickly, alleviates his symptoms, and gets him feeling back to normal!

If your dog is suffering from allergies, please ask us how this product could help impact his/her life.



It’s that time a year again when everyone starts worrying about parasites, particularly heartworm. However, did you know you should still be thinking about prevention 12 months out of the year? Did you know that heartworm preventatives aren’t actually preventatives at all but actually dewormers? Did you know most products also provide coverage against other parasites such as roundworms, hookworms, etc.? Did you know cats can get heartworm disease, too!?!? What about ferrets!?

While the weather gets pretty cold and nasty here in Nebraska, we still recommend year around product administration. Guessing when mosquitos are out and transmitting is a dangerious game of roulette. If you give your pet preventative at the beginning of October and the rest of the month is particularly warm, you leave your pet open to infection if you don’t give a second dose in November. Remember heartworm prevention is actually a dewormer. It does not protect “forward” but kills what they were exposed to the past month. Also, many of you are traveling with your pets. Are you making sure you are keeping them protected? It may be freezing in Nebraska but southern states still have a thriving and busy mosquito population.

Generally, the prevalence of heartworm disease in Nebraska is low but yearly analysis of data shows that heartworm positive dogs are on the rise in the area. This may be due to climate change but also we are seeing an influx of rescue dogs from the South after the hurricanes last year. These positive dogs are a reservoir for the disease and pose a risk to your pet (dog and cat alike).

Heartworm disease is transmitted via the bite of the mosquito. When a mosquito bites an infected dog, it is then able to transmit these to a new dog. A single dog can be bitten more than 80 times in a single evening! It only takes one bite from one infected to mosquito to pass the disease along. Even one heartworm positive dog in a neighborhood dramatically increases your pet’s risk. Most species of mosquitos can fly 1-3 miles from a breeding ground. Some of the bigger species can fly as far as 7 miles! Twenty five different species of mosquitoes in the United States can carry heartworm disease and each species is active at different times of the day and year.

Many have the ability to exist in microclimates. These consist of warmer areas often found in the city between buildings or protected from Mother Nature. So while it may be cold and blowing outside, mosquitos can be alive and well in these protected environments. They also still have to potential to pass on disease.

So how can you help protect your pet? Start with giving or applying a month preventative that kills the larva that is passed along by the mosquito. These products include Sentinel Spectrum and Revolution (among many others). Some topical flea/tick preventatives such as Vectra also help repel the bite of the mosquito. If they can’t bite they can’t transmit. In a recent study involving a resistant strain of heartworm, using a combination of heartworm prevention and topical repellent Vectra, eliminated the transmission of this resistant type strain.

Environmental control is important as well. Mosquitos can reproduce wherever there is as little as one inch of standing water. This includes water bowls, kiddy pools, and your neighbor’s ditch that never completely dries up. Make sure to empty, wash, and refill outdoor water bowels daily. Make sure to keep unused bird baths, kitty pools, or other items that can collect water dry and turned over so water does not collect. Resolve any landscaping issues that may result in retained areas of water.

Even pets that do not go outdoors can get heartworm disease! Mosquitos can easily fly through doors and windows and bite your pet. Remember it only takes one infected mosquito that carries heartworm to infect your pet. Make sure to keep screens on any open doors and windows to prevent intruders.

We may not have a lot of heartworm in Nebraska but unprotected pets are at risk. The disease is truly devastating and life threatening to those pets that contract it. Please be sure to contact us on how we can help protect your pet from a devastating disease.


American Heartworm Society

Companion Animal Parasite Council

2016 Heartworm Prevalence Map



New Flea and Tick Products are Here!!!

We are very excited to be bringing two new flea/tick products, Simparica and Catego, to our shelves at Pet Care Center! These affordable and effective preventatives will keep flea and tick problems away for your dogs and cats.

Simparica is a great tasting chewable tablet given orally once a month to dogs 6 months and older. It travels in your dog’s blood to safely deliver persistent continuous protection against fleas and ticks from day 1 to day 35. It starts killing fleas within 3 hours and keeps going strong for 35 days without losing effectiveness at the end of the month. Simparica provides rapid relief for pets with existing flea infestations. Even dogs with flea allergies have shown improvement with Simparica. Simparica also prevents and controls home infestations, killing fleas before they can lay eggs. In flea infested homes where Simparica is administered on a monthly basis for 3 months, a 95.6 % reduction in the flea population was seen in 14 days and reached 100% elimination by day 60.

Simparica starts killing ticks within 8 hours and keeps going strong for 35 days without losing effectiveness at the end of the month. This is important to help reduce the risk of transmission of potentially life-threatening tick-borne diseases.

For our feline patients, we are now carrying Catego on our shelves! This is a topical product that provides protection against fleas, ticks and lice for a full month. Catego was designed specifically for cats and only cats. It comes in one low-volume formulation for all size cats weighing over 1.5 pounds and is approved in felines over 8 weeks of age. Catego works fast and kills 100 % of fleas within 6 hours (97% in 3 hours).


Owner Pet First Aid Class

Dr. Amy Walton will be hosting a pet first aid course for pet owners at Pet Care Center of Lincoln. It will be 2.5 – 3 hours long and include hands on experience, power point presentation, and question time.

For ages 18 and older due to the nature of the content.

Topics covered include:
First Aid Kit Preparation
Heimlich Maneuver
Recognizing ER situations and applying first aid principles

CPR mannequins will be used. Do NOT bring your own pet.

Class size is limited to 20 participants. If you are unable to attend this session, she will be holding others in the future.

Class enrollment is $30/person.

To sign up and hold your spot, email Dr. Walton your contact information (name, email, phone number) to
Check, cash, or paypal must be received by March 28th to guarantee your spot. No refunds after March 29th.
Paypal payments can be sent to


Grooming is now open!

We are so excited to welcome our new groomer Brittany England to Pet Care Center! Call today to begin booking appointments with Brittany to get your pet looking sharp and sophisticated.

Brittany has been grooming since 2010 and has trained with a master groomer outside of Greenwood, NE for a year. She has always had an extreme passion for animals. She loves being a groomer and it has always been her dream. Besides grooming, she also loves to be at home with her fiancé, their dog Apollo, their 3 kitties Nahla, Athena & Bevo, and their 2 guinea pigs Lucy & Paisley. They also have a 55 gallon aquarium. Their dog, cats, and guinea pigs are all rescues.


Essential Oils: Are They Toxic to our Pets?

Essential oils are being used more commonly to treat ailments in people and pets; however, many of these can pose a danger to our pets. Different types, concentrations, and species of animal all play a part in toxicity development.

There are several essential oils that are toxic to dogs, cats, birds, and other pets. Cats are much more
sensitive to essential oils than dogs. Their liver metabolism is different and makes the more susceptible as they can’t metabolize them from their body effectively. Birds are even more sensitive as they have an extensive and complicated respiratory system. Poisoning has even occurred in children that have ingested the oils as well.

Here is a list of common potentially dangerous essential oils to pets:

  •  eucalyptus
  •  cinnamon
  •  citrus (lemon, orange)
  •  pennyroyal
  • peppermint
  • pine
  •  sweet birch
  •  tea tree (melaleuca)
  • wintergreen
  • ylang ylang

Symptoms that may indicate that your pet has been poisoned:

  •  Fragrance or scent on hair coat, skin, or breath or in vomit
  •  Difficulty breathing
  •  Difficulty walking or uncoordinated gait
  •  Drooling
  • Lethargy or weakness
  • Muscle tremors
  • Pawing at the mouth or face
  • Redness or burns on the lips, gums, tongue, or skin
  • Vomiting

Some types of oils are more toxic than others, so recovery may depend on the specific oils ingested. Rapid diagnosis and treatment are imperative. If you believe that your pet has ingested or come in contact with essential oils or liquid potpourri, call your veterinarian or Pet Poison Helpline (800-213-6680) immediately.

The primary route of poisoning is by ingestion but it may also occur by excessive or inappropriate application to the skin. Some animals like to lick the sweet smelling liquid or may get it on their paws or fur and clean themselves.

Typically, a properly used diffuser with low concentrations of oils should not pose a risk; however each animal can have individual sensitivities. They shouldn’t be used around birds. Some diffusers make a good sized mist (like a humidifier) when working. The concern with using this kind of diffuser, particularly in a small poorly ventilated room, is that the “mist” can settle on the fur which is then groomed off.

Owners using diffusers should move their pets to another room while doing so and avoid using the device for extended periods of time in order to minimize the risk that oil droplets could get onto the fur.

Oils can also be absorbed through the skin. They can lead to burns, irritations, and even sores in the mouth if groomed off.

Owners should also be aware if they are applying essential oils directly to their own skin and then handling their pets. This can rub off on their pets’ fur or the pet may groom their owner and ingest the oil.

Birds are extremely sensitive to inhaled substances compared to mammals. Diffusers should not be
used around birds.

Tips for using essential oils:

  • Use essential oil products ONLY for their intended purpose.
  • Use only the amount stated on the label/guide.
  • If you have bottles of essential oils at home, keep them locked up, out of sight and reach of children and pets at all times.
  • Consult your veterinarian before applying or using any essential oil around your pet.
  • Before using products containing essential oils on pets, make sure that they are labeled for use with that specific species and purpose.
  • Don’t use products labeled for dogs on cats.