This handsome fellow is a 9 month old Siberian Husky pup named Zeus. Zeus and his human dad were unfortunately involved in a car accident recently. The car was totaled but luckily Zeus’s dad was unhurt.
Zeus initially seemed fine too, although he was tossed about a little in the back seat. It was only later at home that he began to show signs that he was unwell. His veterinarian diagnosed Zeus with intussusception, a condition where one segment of the intestines slides (or “telescopes”) into another.
Zeus required surgery to fix his urgent medical problem, and the combination of an unexpected car accident and a veterinary emergency were financially difficult for his family to handle.
With the help of a grant from FACE, Zeus was able to get the surgery he needed and is now back at home recovering with his family!
With the unusually high number of damaging tornadoes hitting the US in the past few weeks, many pet owners may be wondering how to best keep their dogs, cats, and other pets safe from harm during tornadoes and severe thunderstorms.
We’ve gathered some of the best expert advice and compiled the following tornado safety tips for pets. (Be sure to create a disaster plan for your pets, no matter what types of natural disasters your region of the world may face.)
Make sure all your pets are microchipped and have up to date ID tags.
Your emergency supply kit for severe weather should also include items for your pets, such as food, water, bedding, and leash.
Keep dogs and cats indoors during any severe weather event. During tornado warnings, bring your pets to safe locations in the house. It’s best to keep cats crated.
In the event your pet escapes, make sure you have a current identifying photograph, and know the locations of all local animal shelters.
Small pets like guinea pigs and rabbits should be placed in carriers in a tornado-safe location in the house.
Birds can be especially sensitive to stress. Monitor your bird’s health for several days after a severe weather event. Always keep your birds caged so they don’t escape.
Aquariums should be moved under tables or covered with padding to keep the glass from breaking.
If you have advance warning that severe weather is on the way, the best plan is to evacuate with your pets until the threat is over.
Five tiny kittens made big news here in San Diego recently! Workers on a construction site were surprised to hear meows coming from a 60 foot steel column that had traveled hundreds of miles from Hayward to San Diego on a truck.
After failing to coax the kittens out with food, the workers had to tip the long tube over and slide them out. Inside were a litter of 3 males and 2 females, just one week old!
Poor little Thor is a 7 month old Yorkie who suffered a fall while home alone one day and fractured two of his delicate legs.
Thor’s parents were desperate to come up with the funds for the surgery needed to repair his legs. They began a fundraising campaign but were unable to raise enough. Thor’s vet, California Veterinary Specialists, referred Thor’s parents to FACE.
With a financial grant, we were able to cover the remaining amount needed for Thor’s critical surgery. Please join us in wishing sweet Thor a speedy recovery!