Meet FACE Success Story Bear!

This sweet 4 year old Poodle-mix is named Bear, even though he looks more like a little lamb!

Bear presented to the Veterinary Specialty Hospital here in San Diego after his mom found him dragging his back legs. Upon consultation, VSH’s neurology team diagnosed Bear as having intervertebral disc disease, or IVDD. If not treated quickly, IVDD can lead to paralysis. Bear only had a small window to get surgery before his condition could rapidly decline.

Bear and his mom, Amber, are best friends. Bear came into her life during an extremely difficult time and has provided her with unconditional love and support for the last four years. Amber spent everything she had getting Bear diagnosed, and when she found out he needed surgery she was devastated. She couldn’t imagine losing her best friend simply because she couldn’t afford his care, but also had no idea where she could come up with the funds in such a short amount of time.

After talking with the staff at VSH, Amber quickly applied for assistance from FACE. After reviewing Bear’s application, we were able to provide a grant for his emergency surgery. We’re happy to report that Bear’s surgery was a total success and he got to return home with his mom to recover. Thanks to our supporters for helping us save pets like Bear every day!

 

San Diego Humane Society Shares Lost Cat Story with a Happy Ending

The San Diego Humane Society is sharing a heartwarming story about the incredible journey of a Bengal cat named Mufasa.

Five years ago, Mufasa was a kitten, living with his owners in Yuma Arizona.  He went missing and his owners never gave up hope that they would find him again.

Fast-forward five years to the San Diego Humane Society.  Mufasa was surrendered to SDHS by his current “owners.”  Standard procedure at the shelter is to scan all pets for microchips.  Mufasa’s microchip revealed that he actually belonged to someone else!

Mufasa’s original owners now live in Oklahoma City, and were overjoyed to hear that Mufasa had been found.  They immediately flew to San Diego to retrieve Mufasa, who seems to have remembered his first human family!

You can watch a local CBS News video of this amazing story HERE.

 

The Pibble: How a New Name Can Help the Misunderstood Pit Bull

Many Pit Bull parents will tell you that they’ve never owned a sweeter dog, but the Pit Bull suffers from a scary reputation, due in large part to some irresponsible owners who have cultivated aggression in their dogs.

The word Pibble is being used more and more to help rehabilitate the Pit Bull brand.  According to a recent article in The New York Times, Pibble is joining the word Pittie and some other cute nicknames to help convey the sweet and gentle nature of this loyal and loving breed.

According to dog breed experts, the public perception of the Pit Bull has improved since the years when dog fighting rings were often in the news.  But people can still be afraid of them, and unfortunately some are still raised to be intimidating guard dogs.

Pit Bull advocates are eager to spread awareness about the true nature of this misunderstood dog, and feel that the smile-inducing name Pibble can help win over hearts and minds.

Need some proof that the Pibble is a big love bug?  Meet adorable Willie, who spent years as a chained dog, before finally finding a real home:

 

Zooeyia: Doctors Outline the Health Benefits of Companion Animals

Here’s a good word of the day for animal lovers: “zooeyia”—a combination of the Greek words for animal and health.  It describes the human health benefits of companion animals.  And there are a lot of them!

An article for physicians in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine lists the many physical and emotional health benefits of living with companion animals.

Here are some key ways that the presence of pets in our lives can help us:

  • Pets reduce feelings of loneliness and isolation by providing us with companionship, attachment, and opportunities for social connection.
  • Having pets in the home can reduce harmful health behaviors like smoking because we don’t want to put our pets at risk.
  • Walking dogs and playing with pets provides people with daily opportunities to increase their amount of exercise and physical activity.
  • The presence of a companion animal can decrease stress and blood pressure. Pets can also reduce feelings of anxiety and depression and increase our sense of self-worth.

The article notes that physicians should educate pet-owning patients about the possible risks of animals, such as the transmission of zoonotic diseases, but stresses that the health benefits outweigh the risks.

Does your doctor ask you about your pets?  According to the authors, talking to patients about their animals is a great opportunity for doctors to improve the quality of patient care!

 

Pet Ownership Trends for 2019

What will the hottest pet trends be in 2019?  The Michelson Found Animals Foundation surveyed 1,000 dog and cat owners and compiled a list of pet trends to watch in the coming year.  Here are the highlights:

Pet-related technology will play a greater role in the daily lives of our pets.  What are the most popular pet tech items?

  • Pet health and nutrition apps
  • Pet servicing apps (pet sitting, dog walking, etc.)
  • Pet monitoring cameras
  • Smart pet toys

Alternative therapies for pets are on the rise.  What types of treatments are our pets receiving?

  • Massage
  • Acupuncture
  • Chiropractic
  • CBD oil (aka cannabidiol oil, a non-intoxicating compound of the cannabis plant)

Pet food trends will continue to mirror human food trends.  Here’s what we’re feeding our pets:

  • Special diets for health and fitness
  • Organic pet food
  • Protein-rich diets
  • Pet food subscription services