Meet FACE Success Story Charlie!

This adorable Golden Retriever is Charlie, a much-loved military family pet.  Charlie got into some trouble recently and swallowed a razor.  His vets at the Pet Emergency and Specialty Center in La Mesa, CA told Charlie’s parents that he needed emergency surgery.

Charlie’s parents began to raise money for the surgery but needed a little extra help.  They applied for a FACE grant and we were able to provide additional funds that enabled Charlie to have the gastrotomy surgery he urgently needed.

Charlie is now back at home recovering with his humans!

 

Banfield Releases 2019 State of Pet Health Report

Banfield Pet Hospital’s annual State of Pet Health Report analyzes data from over 2.5 million dogs and half a million cats that are patients at their veterinary offices in the US.

You can check out the full report on the Banfield website, including interactive features like checking on the most common pet health issues in your state, by dog or cat.

What are the most common pet health issues seen at Banfield?

  • Dental calculus (tartar)
  • Overweight
  • Otitis externa (ear infection)
  • Luxating patella
  • Nuclear sclerosis (cloudy eye)

Banfield also reports a significant increase in the diagnosis of osteoarthritis in both dogs and cats.  They note that this increase is primarily due to the growing problem of obesity in our pets, as extra weight puts stress on their joints.

Skin allergies are also commonly seen in the pets brought to Banfield.  The three most common are:

  • Flea allergies
  • Food allergies
  • Environmental allergies

Be sure to keep your pet at a healthy weight and talk to your veterinarian about any health concerns you have about your best friend!

 

 

Meet FACE Success Story Abel

This beautiful cat is Abel!  Abel was suffering from a urinary blockage and had to go to the vet for treatment.  Sadly, he became re-obstruced within 24 hours and needed a perineal urethrostomy (a surgery that permanently opens up the urethra in cats prone to blockages).

Urinary blockages are a common condition in male cats, but can quickly become life-threatening when a cat is unable to urinate.

Money was tight for Abel’s family, so with the help of a FACE grant, he was able to get the surgery he needed to live a normal life again.

Abel’s family reports that he is now home and recovering well from his surgery!

 

The 8 Most Common Canine Health Problems

A large-scale study of dogs in the UK has identified the most common canine health disorders seen by veterinarians.

The electronic health data of over 450,000 dogs under veterinary care in the UK was analyzed by researchers conducting this study.

Let’s take a look at some key findings.  Be sure to check out the full report, published in BMC Veterinary Research HERE.

The 8 most common canine health problems are:

  • Anal sac disorder
  • Conjunctivitis (eye infection)
  • Dental disease
  • Dermatitis (skin problems)
  • Overweight or obese
  • Lipoma (fatty tissue growth)
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Otitis externa (ear infection)

The researchers note that some of these health conditions are more prevalent than others, while some tend to be more severe or longer lasting than others.

Most prevalent health issues:

  • Dental disease
  • Overweight or obese
  • Anal sac disorder

Most severe health problems:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Otitis externa
  • Dermatitis

Health issues with longest duration:

  • Dental disease
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Overweight or obese

Which canine health disorders were found to have the greatest overall negative impact on a dog’s well-being?

  • Dental disease
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Overweight or obese

The good news is that many of the most common canine health problems are preventable!  Regular dental care, both at home and at the vet’s office, is essential to your dog’s dental health.

Keeping your dog at a healthy weight through proper diet and exercise can prevent obesity and other associated health problems.  A healthy body weight can also help ease the discomfort of arthritis.

Be sure to talk to your vet about ways you can work together to maintain your dog’s health and prevent these common health problems.

 

Meet FACE Success Story Zeus!

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!