Meet FACE Success Story Pinky!

This adorable Poodle is the pampered pet of Chris, who opened her heart to Pinky after her previous owner passed away.

When Pinky began to have trouble walking, Chris took her to the vet where she was diagnosed with ruptured cruciate ligaments in both of her back legs.

Pinky’s double-leg surgery would cost several thousand dollars and her loving family began fundraising efforts to help pay for it.

They reached out to the FACE Foundation for a grant, and we partnered with Banfield Pet Hospital to get Pinky the treatment she needed.

Pinky is now recovering and doing well.  She even made the local CBS News here in San Diego!  Watch her heartwarming story now:

 

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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.

 

Pictures — FACE’s Dog Friendly Golf Tournament!

Dogs and their people enjoyed a fun day of golf and beautiful San Diego weather recently…and all for a great cause:  our invitational golf tournament fundraiser!

Thanks to all of our friends, supporters, and special guests for making this great day happen, and for helping us save the lives of beloved family pets in need of critical veterinary care!

 

 

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!

 

Video: FACE Success Story Jax and His “Dad” Luis

Back in March we introduced you to a very special dog who we had the honor of helping with a grant for emergency veterinary care.

Jax is a certified service dog for Luis, a military veteran who struggles with PTSD.  They were both seriously injured in a car accident with a drunk wrong-way driver.

Both Jax and Luis needed extensive medical treatment.  While Luis was hospitalized, Jax was also getting the veterinary care he needed.

A FACE grant helped Luis and his family pay for Jax’s treatment.

It’s been a long road to recovery for both Jax and Luis, but we are so happy to report that they are doing well.

Jax, Luis, Jax’s “sister” and the law enforcement officer who responded to the scene of the accident were honored guests at our recent golf tournament fundraiser, where we premiered this moving video detailing their story.

Thank you to everyone who supports our mission to save critically ill and injured pets in San Diego!