Page 6 The Skanner June 1, 2016 News The Untamable Itch — Flea Allergy Dermatitis I ts 5 a.m. and the jingle of the collar tag is just beginning. The occasion- al itching, scratching and tail biting you noticed last week has spread to fervor. It’s beginning to sound like Christmas in July, but June has only be- gun. You decide to take a look and notice little black specks covering your dog like poppy seeds on a muin. “Eureka!” you exclaim, as you grasp the little bugger between your inger- tips. But what exactly is the culprit behind the mayhem? Fleas! Flea allergy dermatitis is the most common hypersensitivity skin dis- order seen in dogs and cats. The cat lea (Ctenocephalides felis) is the most common lea found on both dogs and cats. Adult leas spend most of their life cycle on the animal where they can begin producing eggs in as little as 24 hours. Eggs of leas are found in the environment (toys, bedding, carpets) and thrive in warm, moist conditions. Summer and fall are the peak seasons for lea infestations. The entire lea life cycle can occur in as little as two weeks. In just 30 days, a lea can produce up to 500 eggs. Animals with leas display classical symptoms. Excessive pruritis (itching) is the most common clinical sign ob- served by owners. Crusting, bumps, and hair loss may appear on the back, thighs, abdomen and neck where high densities of leas are located. To diagnose, your veterinarian will run a lea comb through the fur to look for lea dirt (excrement) or the lea it- self. Prevention is key and there are many drugs currently on the market. Dips, sprays, collars, topical and injectable medicines are available in a variety of prices and application frequency to match all budgets and lifestyles. Al- Dr. Jasmine Shanelle Streeter, Veterinarian though over-the-counter (OTC) lea treatments are available, they have variable success rates and the most efective lea treatments are found at your veterinary hospital. Your veteri- narian will select the best medicine for your pet based on age, weight, breed, and severity. Home remedies – such as brewer’s yeast, garlic, sulfur, thiamine, eucalyp- tus extracts, and electronic lea collars -- have been proven inefective and should not be used as lea repellent. Treating the pet is the irst step in ridding your life of leas, but you must also treat the environment. Vacuum carpets, wash toys and and bedding and have a professional exterminator treat your home and yard. Flea pupa can lay dormant in the en- vironment for months, so it is import- ant to kill the immature stages of the lea as well. All animals entering your home should be on lea prevention medica- tion. Newly acquired or visiting ani- mals should be conirmed lea negative before being cohoused with existing pets. Following these steps will help your pet live a lea-free life. Do you have a pet topic you’d like to learn more about? I’d love to hear from you! Write me at drjasmine@theskan- ner.com Art cont’d from pg 5 taken part in the popu- lar and competitive pro- gram. Each year, members of Congress put out a call for students to com- pete in the contest and the resulting work is displayed on the white walls of a long tunnel that connects House Of- ice Buildings to the U.S. Capitol. The work is seen by members of Congress, stafers, lobbyists and the thousands of visi- tors to the U.S. Capitol complex each year. Inadvertently, the annual art contest has become a relection of what’s on the minds of young people in Amer- ica. Pulphus’ work is an acrylic painting featur- ing a downtown street scene with the St. Louis’ iconic arch displayed in the background and three police oicers with animal heads, two with guns in hand, and a large group of marchers approaching moving to- ward the police. The lead marcher car- ries a sign that says the word “history.” Pulphus’ painting in- cludes several signs, one of which says “Rac- ism Kills,” and another reading “Stop Killing.” On the right you can see man being cruciied wearing a graduation cap holding the scales of justice in his hands. Pulphus,’ “visually stunning acrylic paint- ing on canvas entitled, “Untitled #1” will be dis- played at the U.S. Capitol Complex. Pulphus will travel to Washington, DC, cour- tesy of Southwest Air- lines, to unveil his win- ning entry. The painting portrays a colorful landscape of symbolic “ Wire, Rep. Clay was asked about Pulphus’ work. The Congressman will greet the artist in Wash- ington, D.C. and be pres- ent with Pulphus,’ when the painting is present- ed for display in the U.S. Capitol complex. “I think that the art work selected for this year — winner of the Congressional art com- petition has to be the most creative expres- sion that I’ve witnessed over the last 16 years,” Pulphus’ painting includes several signs, one of which says ‘Racism Kills,’ and an- other reading ‘Stop Killing’ characters representing social injustice, the trag- ic events in Ferguson, Mo., and the lingering elements of inequality in modern American society,” read a May 6, release from Rep. Clay’s oice. Rep. Clay represents greater St. Louis and Ferguson, Mo., where in August 2014, Black teen- ager Michael Brown, Jr., was shot and killed by Ferguson Police Oicer Darren Wilson. During an interview with the NNPA News Rep. Clay said between votes on the House loor. “I’m very proud of the young man who is the artist responsible for this work he depicts the St. Louis community in the way he envisions it. I respect that and I’m so glad that the judges picked his work number one as the winner.” Pulphus’ work will travel to Washington, D.C. in a few weeks where he will attend a reception for all of the winners around the country. Obituary: James H. Brown March 27, 1943 - May 14, 2016 J ames H. Brown is survived by his wife, Mary Brown; daugh- ters, Edith Michele Brown and LeAnne Marie Owens; son, Eric Howard Brown. There will be public viewing on Thursday, June 2, from 4 pm to 7 pm at Terry Family Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held on Friday, June 3, at 1030 am at Bethel AME Church, 5828 NE 8th Ave. Port- land with military honors following at Willamette National Cemetery at 1:30 pm. For full obituary see: terryfamily- funeralhome.com. Arrangements by Terry Family Fu- neral Home, 503-249-1788.