Dear Readers: In the winter months, many people may think that they don’t need to give their pets HEARTWORM PILLS, especially in the far Northern states, where winter really settles in. This is not true! The American Heartworm Society recommends giving heartworm prevention YEAR-ROUND, even in seasonal areas. Here are several reasons:

* You can never guarantee that mosquitoes are no longer a threat. Even areas with cold winters can have unseasonably warm periods.

* Many heartworm preventatives also treat for intestinal parasites, like hookworms, roundworms and whipworms, so monthly is good to prevent other problems, too.

* Many companies guarantee their product. If your dog becomes heartworm positive while on their product, they will pay for treatment. But you must be able to prove that they were on it consistently.

The benefits greatly outweigh the risks. Heartworms can be anywhere from 4 to 12 inches and are deadly. Heartworm prevention is much less expensive than the treatment, much safer, and much easier for your beloved dog! -- Heloise



P.O. Box 795000

San Antonio, TX 78279-5000

Fax: 1-210-HELOISE



Dear Heloise: Here is an easy way to make luggage tags: Take brightly colored index cards (neon colors work great) and write or print the desired information. Many stores sell laminating pages that you can just peel and stick. I use packing tape and cover both sides of the card, then trim around the edges. Punch a hole, tie it to your suitcase and you are ready to go. The bright color also helps identify your bag much quicker! -- Sandy in Florida


Dear Heloise: I hate, when I am driving, for someone to tailgate me, so I used to just tap my brakes in hopes of getting them off my bumper. Well, I have found a better way, and while it doesn’t work all the time, it works much better and more often than tapping my brakes. I just switch on my emergency flashers, and that, quite often, is successful. -- W.M. in Texas

Even though people do it, tapping your brakes is never safe. And using the flashing emergency lights while driving is not recommended, either. The best solution, if possible, is to move over and let the driver be on his or her way. -- Heloise


Dear Heloise: I had a few tissues end up in the wash — what a mess! Just out of desperation, I tossed a microfiber rag into the dryer along with the clothes strewn with tissue bits. It worked wonderfully to collect the tissue. -- Michelle Bennett in Maryland

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