Meet FACE Success Story Luka!

Meet Luka, a five-year-old Spaniel mix who was presented to the veterinary hospital with severe bladder stones. Luka’s mom fundraised extensively to help her sweet dog, but was still unable to afford the entire cost of the procedure.

She contacted FACE looking for a helping hand in saving her best friend. With the helpful doctors and staff at Banfield Pet Hospital, Luka was able to have her emergency cystotomy surgery and return to fun-filled days with her mom!

 

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(Almost) Wordless Wednesday: Meet Casper!

This happy little pup is a recent FACE Sucess Story.  Casper is a member of a large and loving family of 6.  He was diagnosed with a painful and debilitating spinal condition known as IVDD (intervertebral disc disease).

Casper needed immediate surgery with a veterinary neurologist.  Thanks to our partner California Veterinary Specialists and a grant from FACE, Casper’s family was able to get him the surgery he so urgently needed.

 

Your Dog Ate Chocolate: Here’s How to Calculate How Much is Too Much

Oh no, your dog just got into some chocolate!  How do you know if the amount eaten is a danger to your pet which requires an emergency visit to the veterinarian’s office?

The PetMD website has created a chocolate toxicity meter for dogs.  You can quickly enter your dog’s weight, the type of chocolate, and the amount eaten to find out if your dog needs to get to the vet ASAP.

Sometimes a very small amount of chocolate eaten by a large dog requires nothing more than observing your dog for symptoms such as vomiting and restlessness.  However, a small dog that eats several ounces of chocolate might be in more danger and require immediate veterinary attention.

Chocolate contains caffeine and theobromine, which are toxic to dogs.  Dark chocolate poses a higher risk than milk chocolate.

Symptoms of chocolate poisoning include vomiting, diarrhea, increased heart rate, rapid breathing, seizures, and even cardiac failure and coma in severe cases.

In addition to the toxicity meter, check out PetMD for a handy guide on the theobromine and caffeine content of popular chocolate products, such as M&Ms and Peanut Butter Cups.

On the same page, you can also see a list of the types of chocolate that have the highest amount of theobromine (unsweetened cocoa and baking chocolate top the list).

 

Summer Pet Safety – Dogs and Hot Cars

With the Memorial Day holiday weekend just around the corner, now is the perfect time to share an important reminder with all pet owners:  Dogs and hot cars don’t mix!

According to the ASPCA, leaving pets alone in a hot car is animal cruelty.  Pets can die from overheating in a parked car very quickly.  Certain dogs are at higher risk for heat-related illness, including:

  • Puppies
  • Senior dogs
  • Short-muzzled breeds
  • Dogs with dark and/or thick coats

Remember that on a day that feels comfortable to you, the temperature inside a car can be 20 degrees higher than the outdoor air temperature, even with the windows cracked open.

Don’t take your dog with you when you’re out running errands in your car on hot summer days.  If you see a dog left alone in a hot car, be sure to call local law enforcement or animal control right away.

 

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday: Meet Beast!

6 month old FACE Success Story Beast needed emergency surgery after ingesting a foreign object…one of our most common veterinary emergencies!

Beast’s family reached out to FACE for financial assistance and we were happy to help this cute little guy get the surgery he so urgently needed!