Meet Fergie!

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Meet Fergie!

Meet Fergie! This adorable corgi was on a walk with her owner when a small animal caught her eye. She broke off her leash and took off, and was struck by a car. Her loving owner was distraught and horrified – Fergie was her baby girl! The single mother had adopted Fergie after her kids had grown up, and Fergie spent every day by her side, and slept next to her at night! She rushed Fergie to the hospital, but couldn’t afford the entirety of the bill. Luckily, FACE was able to help little Fergie! Special thanks to Life Sponsor the Spitcaufsky family for helping FACE continue to save lives.

Tune in to KUSI morning news this Friday & see our FACE!

FACE Foundation is excited to be on KUSI morning news Friday, April 12th to discuss our biggest fundraiser of the year, Bags & Baubles!  All proceeds go directly to FACE Foundation to help save the lives of local family pets!

Please tune in between 9am-10am to hear more about the event from Stacy Steel our Executive Director and to see what Lulu our spokesdog will be wearing!

Register online for this free extravaganza @ face4pets.org

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The Post-Workout Cool Down for Your Dog

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Did you know that just like humans, dogs also need a proper post-workout cool down? Whether you took your dog out for a run/hike, or a fun game of fetch outside, dogs need their owners to help them properly cool down. Here are a few basic tips on how you can help your furry companion after a workout.

HYDRATION, HYDRATION, HYDRATION

Always be sure to take along plenty of water for the both of you when you go out for a long hike, walk or run with your dog. Stop for water breaks, maybe around every mile or when you see that your dog is panting, allowing your dog to drink just enough to quench her thirst each time. Don’t allow her to gulp large amounts of water at one time, as this can lead stomach upset or bloating.

COOL DOWN

Just as a cool-down period after exercise is important for humans, dogs should be allowed the same luxury. Toward the end of the run, power walk or hike, gradually slow down and walk casually for several minutes to allow your dog’s body temperature and heart rate to slow down. You might even consider giving your dog a muscle rub-down or help her to stretch her limbs once you get home.

Note: If your dog’s starts panting heavily and the panting doesn’t slow down even after you have slowed down for a water break, or he becomes disoriented or weak, call a veterinarian right away.

FORGO THE FOOD TILL LATER

You should not exercise your dog right after a meal, as this can lead to digestive upset or bloat. Keep in mind that your dog will no doubt be very hungry after a long workout. After a period of cooling down and rehydrating with water — small amounts at a time so he doesn’t gulp too much down — feed your dog her normal meal.

BODY CHECK

If you have the fortune of having a place to exercise in the great outdoors, away from the urban sprawl, you will need to be especially vigilant about checking your dog for ticks and other small hazards after every outing. Check inside the ears, under the belly, and between folds of skin (e.g., armpits, neck) where insects might hide. Run your fingers through her haircoat and remove any foreign objects like burrs. Even in urban areas, your dog can pick up little bits in her paws and nostrils. In fact, part of your post-workout routine can be a thorough and relaxing brushing.

FOOT CARE

Don’t forget that feet are an important part of your dog’s body and should be given special care. Inspecting the toe pads and nails after a day out running or playing is of vital importance. Check carefully for any cuts, cracks, blisters, or dirt stuck between the toes. If necessary, wash the feet and dry them carefully before checking them over. If you see any serious wounds or damage to the foot pads or nails, check with your veterinarian for care instructions.

Full Article on Pet MD

Should Michael Vick Be Allowed to Adopt a Dog?

Infamous Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick announced earlier this week that he would like to adopt a dog. In an interview with Piers Morgan, Vick explained that his kids have wanted a dog for some time now, and that owning one would be therapeutic for them. “It certainly wouldn’t be a pit bull,” he assured. In 2007 Vick pleaded guilty to “Conspiracy to Travel in Interstate Commerce in Aid of Unlawful Activities and to Sponsor a Dog in an Animal Fighting Venture,” and was sentenced to 23 months in prison. Vick was also banned from owning a dog for three years immediately following his prison release, and that ban will expire this month.

Vick’s interest in adopting a new dog has provoked both support and outrage from the public. The ASPCA has already spoken out about Vick’s decision, telling TMZ, “Vick’s journey toward rehabilitation and redemption has not reflected any direct concern for the well being of animals, and we’ve never heard him express a shred of empathy toward the dogs he brutalized and killed.” The ASPCA went on to describe Vick’s actions as self-serving, and expressed “serious concerns about Vick’s ability to be a responsible pet guardian.”

Francis Battista of Best Friends Animal Society also blogged about Vick’s interest in adopting, and shed light on a devastating result of Vick’s dog-fighting operation. According to Battista, “many of the 22 ‘Vicktory dogs’ who came to Best Friends for rehabilitation arrived with a hidden killer circulating through their blood – babesia gibsoni, a fatal blood-born protozoan parasite that destroys red blood cells and ultimately causes death. It is virtually impossible to cure and treatment of symptoms involves long-term steroid therapy, which is itself debilitating. It is a terrible, wasting disease that is spread primarily through blood-to-blood exchanges during dog-fighting matches.”

A great number of dogs faced gruesome deaths at the hands of Vick, some had to be euthanized, and many of the remaining Vicktory dogs are still suffering the consequences of Vick’s actions. Many believe he should never be allowed to own a dog again, and others believe Vick has paid his dues and it is time to move on. Vick insists he is a changed man, working with the Humane Society of the United States among other damage control efforts. What do you think – should Vick be able to adopt a new dog?

Watch the interview here.

 

Restraining Your Dog While Driving

Why should you buckle up your dog?

According to Jennifer Davidson, the Manager of Traffic Advocacy at AAA, “people don’t realize how important it is to buckle up their dog. An unrestrained pet can become a hazardous projectile in the event of an accident or sudden stop, injuring himself, the driver and passengers.”

Furthermore, Davidson explains that an unrestrained, 10-lb. dog in a crash at 50 mph will exert approximately 500 lbs. of force, while an unrestrained, 90-lb. dog like the Feldmans’ dog Sally, traveling in a car at 30 mph in a crash, will exert about 2700 pounds of force.

The best gear to buckle up your pet

To protect a pet, the driver and other passengers, Davidson recommends that pet-owning drivers use a body harness specifically made for the car travel.

“As long as the dogs are belted in, a well- constructed body harness spreads the crash forces across the dog body,” explains Carl Goldberg, inventor of the Roadie Canine Vehicle Restraint Dog Car Harness/Seat Belt.

Goldberg first conceived of the Roadie after he slammed on his brakes to avoid a collision. As a result, his 100-lb. chocolate Lab was ejected from the seat and thrown into the windshield. Fortunately, Goldberg, his daughter or dog were not injured.

Originally, Goldberg designed the product with the help of a veterinary orthopedic surgeon and design engineer because he realized the importance of producing a canine restraint harness that would not choke or injure an animal upon impact. Over the years, he has slightly modified the product to enhance the quality as well as to have a better fitting product. Currently, the product is made in the USA in association with CoverCraft.

When asked why a harness is preferable to a crate when traveling by car, both Davidson and Goldberg agree that a secured crate could explode because a dog could hit the inside walls with such force that the crate could open up and the dog would be thrown out of the car.

Full Article on ZooToo