Patches, an adorable 9-year-old Dachshund, developed a tumor on the top of her head that grew aggressively until it began to press on her brain and eyes. Veterinarians knew that they needed to remove a large portion of her skull to treat her.
Patches needed a new “skull” to cover the opening at the top of her head. The solution? A 3D printed titanium implant custom made to fit Patches!
Veterinarians performed a 4-hour operation, removing the tumor and attaching the implant to her skull.
While 3D printing technology has been used successfully to create artificial limbs and lower jaws for animals, using it for a skull plate is unusual.
Veterinarians note that a high cost, complicated procedure would be most effectively used in a case like Patches—when a pet cannot survive without the implant.
Click HERE to read an article about Patches, and check out this video documenting her incredible story:
FACE is so excited that our Success Story, Tinka, just celebrated her 5th birthday! Her mom just sent over a few cute photos from her “pawty,” and said a few kind words:
“Once again I would like to say Thank You for helping me with Tinka. We are so grateful. In the last three months she has fully recovered from her surgery and is now walking again…Our family and friends brought a donation instead of gifts for your foundation.”
FACE is so happy that Tinka was able to celebrate her second chance at life and is thankful for this donation!
Meet Buddy! When this adorable Doxie started walking funny one day, his owner knew something was wrong. As it turned out, Buddy had a disc disease that many dachshunds have, and he needed an intensive surgery to be able to ever walk again. His owner, a single mother of four, was devastated to find out that his surgery was going to cost well over what she could afford. Luckily, she was informed about FACE who with the help of Veterinary Specialty Hospital was able to fund for Buddy’s surgery! Special thanks to FACE Life Sponsor The Robb Family for helping to save Buddy.
These adorable doxies were just two of many awesome dogs that showed up to our Fido Fashion Show and Yappy Hour at Hotel Indigo last week. Thanks to everyone for coming out! Go to https://www.facebook.com/FACE4Pets to see more photos. More to come soon!