Meet FACE Success Story Coyote Apollo Ace!

This cute pup with a very fancy name is Coyote Apollo Ace!  He recently snuck under the backyard fence and ran into the street where he was unfortunately hit by a car.

Coyote Apollo Ace needed a surgery called a femoral head ostectomy, which is the removal of the head and neck of the femur.

Coyote’s loving family worked hard to come up with a portion of the funds for his critical surgery, and with the help of a FACE grant, were able to get to the full amount needed.

Thanks to our veterinary partners at the Veterinary Specialty Hospital of North County (San Diego) for performing Coyote’s surgery!

 

Meet FACE Success Story Marmalade!

Marmalade is a beautiful odd-eyed white kitty who was diagnosed with a urinary blockage…one of the most common emergency veterinary health issues we help with FACE grants.

Marmalade needed life-saving surgery to address his urinary obstruction, and we are happy to report that he is now recovering at home with his loving family.

His humans sent us a note with the good news about his health and a kind thank you for the financial assistance we were able to provide for his care:

“Thank you so much for saving our precious kitty’s life! We couldn’t imagine a world without this sweet loving boy in it and that is what would have happened without the amazingly generous help that the FACE Foundation and its donors provided to us. You have truly enriched our lives in a way that we will be eternally thankful for! It warms our hearts to know that there is such a wonderful organization in our community!”

We’d like to extend *our thanks* to all of our kind donors and supporters for making success stories like Marmalade’s happen!

 

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!

 

Is Pet Insurance the Right Choice for You?

The start of a new year is the time when many us of make resolutions to take better care of our health.  But what about our pets?  Do your wellness plans for your best friend include getting pet health insurance?

Many dog and cat owners consider pet insurance, and some employers even offer it as part of their employee benefits package.  But is it the right option for you?

The decision to get insurance for your pet depends on many individual factors.  Here are some questions you can ask yourself—and any potential insurance companies—before you buy.

What is the annual cost of pet insurance?

This can depend on your particular situation, including the cost of living in your area and the breed and age of your pet.  Consumer advocates warn that the cost of your annual premium may be higher than the benefits you receive.

One study found that while the cost for coverage is around $500 a year, most pet owners saw only around $275 in paid claims.

Do you own a “high-risk” dog breed?

Cats are generally less expensive to insure than dogs, but not all dogs cost the same to insure.  Some breeds are much more expensive than others.

The experts at the website I Heart Dogs report that some large breed dogs like the St. Bernard and Irish Wolfhound are especially pricey to insure.

They recommend choosing a plan that covers inherited and chronic health conditions (such as hip and elbow dysplasia).  Make sure the plan covers all aspects of treatment for an illness or injury (like overnight care).

What’s covered and what’s not covered?

Make sure you understand what each insurance plan covers and what is excluded.  All plans vary but there are some general guidelines to keep in mind.

According to the website Wag! you should be prepared to cover a lot of preventive care yourself.  This includes things like dental cleanings, parasite prevention, vaccinations, spay/neuter, non-traditional therapies, and prescription diets.

What should be covered under a good plan?  Farmers Insurance notes that plans should cover treatment for accidents and injuries, and certain illnesses like cancer, arthritis, and diabetes.

Remember to review plans carefully for details on coverage of hereditary and pre-existing conditions.

How can you compare insurance plans?

Ready to look into getting pet health insurance but not sure where to start?  Check out this veterinarian-reviewed, comprehensive guide to pet health insurance plans from the website lendedu.com.

 

Meet FACE Success Story Copper!

Copper and her dad John live a happy life together. As a veteran, John finds companionship and support in his sweet two-year-old Beagle.

One day, Copper got out the back gate and was hit by a car before John knew she escaped. John heard a yelp and a car horn and ran outside to find Copper on the ground and a car speeding away. John brought Copper inside, where she immediately hid in pain. They went to the veterinarian where Copper was diagnosed with a fractured jaw that would require surgical intervention.

John’s only income comes from his VA pension, and that alone is barely enough to get him through the month. He had no way of coming up with the money to help Copper, but also couldn’t consider leaving her in so much pain.

After John found out about FACE, he quickly reached out to us for help with his best friend. With a financial grant for critical veterinary care from FACE, Copper was able to get the surgery she needed.

We’re happy to report that Copper had a completely successful fracture repair. She and John are back home enjoying life side by side!