Happy National Pet Day!

April 11th is National Pet Day, a great time to celebrate our pets…and to raise awareness about the many dogs, cats, and other animals waiting for their new forever families in shelters right now!

Pictured above is recent FACE Success Story Pup, a 9 year old Staffordshire Bull Terrier diagnosed with intervertebral disc disease (IVDD).  Pup received life-saving spinal surgery with the help of a FACE grant and is now doing well!

 

Meet FACE Success Story Goober!

This sweet pup enjoying a seaside adventure is a 9 year old Corgi named Goober.  Goober loves a good meal, so his mom was concerned when he suddenly stopped eating.

Our friends at Morena Pet Hospital discovered that Goober had a foreign object lodged in his throat.  Foreign body obstruction is a common veterinary emergency in dogs.

Goober needed surgery, but his mom is on a limited disability income.  Morena referred her to FACE, and she applied for a grant for financial assistance.

We were able to make a pledge towards Goober’s care and wish Goober and his mom many more happy days at the beach!

 

Pet Dental Care Guidelines from the American Animal Hospital Association

The American Animal Hospital Association recently updated its dental care guidelines for veterinary practitioners.   They have also created a helpful factsheet for dog and cat owners based on the guidelines.

Here’s what you need to know to keep your pet’s teeth and gums healthy!

  • Dental disease starts early, and most pets will have some issues by the age of three. Your vet should check your pet’s teeth at every preventive care visit, regardless of age.
  • Dental problems can cause chronic pain, which many pets are good at hiding. Observe changes in your pet’s behavior and appetite.

  • X-Rays can help your vet confirm a diagnosis of dental disease, even when your pet’s teeth look normal.
  • While many owners are nervous about anesthesia, it is important for your pet to remain still and comfortable during dental procedures. Your vet will perform bloodwork to ensure that your pet is healthy enough for anesthesia.
  • Even if you brush your pet’s teeth at home, dentals are effective in removing plaque from under the gumline.
  • Your vet may prescribe pain medication for you to give your pet at home after a dental, especially if any teeth were extracted.

  • Home tooth brushing is the best way to help maintain your dog or cat’s oral health between vet visits. Choose brushes and pastes made for pets and look for dental health treats and chews that are accepted by the Veterinary Oral Health Council.

 

 

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!