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Pink is for rabbits, not cats and dogs

Kathleen Williams-Miller

I once had the most beautiful fat, white bunny who had incredible pink eyes. Alice D Bunny was spoiled and loved. She became the queen of our home. Her amazing pink eyes seemed to glow. For rabbits, pink eyes work, but if you see pink or red eyes in your cat or dog, look out!

Conjunctivitis or "pink eye," is one of those unpleasant diseases everyone seems to catch at least once in their lifetime. I did not know that cats and dogs could get conjunctivitis too. It surprised me when a friend told me her little dog had just gotten over pink eye.

There are different types of conjunctivitis, so it is wise to have your pet examined to determine the exact cause of the infection. Dogs and cats display similar symptoms that include red puffy eyes and frequent discharge. The discharge can be watery or mucus-like in consistency.

Red eyes in pets don't always mean your BFF has pink eye. There are several problems in pets that cause red eyes, so be sure you check out the cause to rule out more serious maladies. The two most common types of conjunctivitis are infectious and allergic.

Dogs with allergic conjunctivitis can be simply treated with a topical antihistamine. If the blood test confirms infection, the dog may be treated with a topical corticosteroid. Cats rarely get allergic conjunctivitis. Most cat cases are infectious. Depending on the specific virus, a topical antiviral is prescribed.

Be sure to gaze into your BFF eyes frequently to make certain they are in the pink of health!

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IN NEED OF

A kennel worker; this is a paid position, call 775-423-7500 for details.

Vendors for Bark in the Park on May 18; call 775-423-7500 for details.

Emergency funds for our adorable Cash's surgery; any amount will help.

Computers; we have dinosaur computers, and we desperately need to upgrade. If you can help us call 775-423-7500 and ask for Gaby.

Folks who need help affording spaying/neutering for dogs or cats. The SNAPS program details are below.

SHOUT OUT TO

Everyone who has sent money for Cash's surgery. All tails are wagging for you!

Mike Van Curen for the big bag of cans. A Four Paw salute to you!

Pat Heck for supplying towels. We appreciate your thoughtfulness!

COME SEE US

CAPS will be at Walmart on Feb. 2 with the Kissin' Booth and a puckered-up pooch. Come by and smooch our pooch. We have hoodies, shirts and hats. Be sure to check out our merchandise after you've hugged our pup. We have taken January off to give our volunteers a break.

DON'T FORGET

January Pet Holiday: Change a Pet's Life Day, Jan. 24.

SNAPS is a program offered to Churchill County residents through CAPS that provides low-cost spay/neutering for cats and dogs. To qualify for SNAPS, you need to have one of the following: Medicaid, a child enrolled in NV Check Up Program, food stamps, 2017 tax return stating income is less than $30,000 or Veterans disability card including a photo ID. Also required are a Churchill County ID and a co-pay. For more information, call CAPS at 423-7500.

Flower Tree Nursery will again be raffling a tree on March 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.

Kathleen Williams-Miller is a CAPS volunteer. Contact me, jkwmil@outlook.com.