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Watson explains allergies our pets may have

Kathleen Williams-Miller

Watson here and I think it's about time everyone knows exactly what allergies their pets can have and what to do for them. I get allergies just like humans; recently my eyes were so itchy that mom wiped them with a cool, damp cloth. Gosh, that felt good!

Allergies are the body's way of overreacting to an allergen. Most of the allergens are from plants, insects, animals or foods. Lots of stuff cause allergies, like pollen, mold spores, dust mites, foods and shed skin cells.

The most common symptom in dogs is itching. Other symptoms include coughing, sneezing, wheezing, matted eyes or runny eyes.

Flea spit causes allergy dermatitis, and that means itching big time. Fleas usually invade the rump by the tail base and run down the legs, biting as they go. I have never had a flea infestation, and I hope I never do.

Inhalant allergy, also called atopy, is caused by things found in the home and outside environment. Pollen is a huge villain, along with grass and all the green stuff that covers the ground. That's why my eyes itch.

There are some treatments for allergies. Anti-inflammatory drug therapy involves taking corticosteroids or antihistamines. Shampoo therapy or frequent bathing with a hypoallergenic shampoo is great for itching. Desensitization therapy or allergy shots are given to reprogram the immune system.

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The worst allergy is a food allergy because none of the treatments work on relieving it. The only way to diagnose it is by eliminating foods to see what is causing it. Well, mom, dad and I will just keep on wiping our eyes and noses until we make it through the summer.

— XO XO Watson

IN NEED OF

Actors and actresses for the CAPS Murder Mystery Theater. Auditions will be held at The Holy Trinity Episcopal Church on Aug. 26 at 2:00 p.m. Call 423-7500 for details.

Garage sale items. We need gently used appliances, furniture, treadmills and miscellaneous items. We don't need clothing. You can drop off items at our storage unit located at 1105 Taylor Place (Spring Valley Rentals), unit S62. Someone will be there from 9:00 a.m.to 12:00 noon on Aug. 25 and Sept. 1.

SHOUT OUT TO

Garnett Mello for providing the wood and fabricating the center pieces for our Murder Mystery Theater. A Tail Wag to you!

Diane Peters for her generous donation. A Four Paws Salute to you!

Riley Laca, Riley Sweeney, and Breanna Newman for working so hard at CAPS. You have made us smile!

COME SEE US

CAPS will be at Walmart on Sept.15 with the Kissin' Booth and a puckered-up pooch. Come by to get your pooch smooch. We have colorful caps and shirts, so be sure to check out the merchandise after you have loved on our pup.

DON'T FORGET

August Pet Holiday: National Black Cat Appreciation Day.

CAPS annual garage sale that will be held Sept. 7 and 8 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. inside at Oasis Community Church, 1520 S. Maine St.

You can pre-order your CAPS calendar; call 775-423-7500 for details.

Flower Tree Nursery will again be raffling a 20-gallon tree on Sept. 15, and the winner doesn't have to be present to win. The raffle tickets are available at Flower Tree, and they are $1 for one ticket and $5 for six tickets.

CONTACT CAPS

CAPS' mailing address is P.O. Box 5128, Fallon, NV 89407. CAPS' phone number is 775-423-7500. CAPS' email address is caps@cccomm.net. Please visit the CAPS website (www.capsnevada.com) and Facebook page (Churchill Animal Protection Society). Be sure to "Like" CAPS on Facebook because we are really likeable.

CAPS is open to the public on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Do you have questions, comments or a great story? Contact me, jkwmil@outlook.com.

Kathleen Williams-Miller is a CAPS volunteer.