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!
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!
Patches, an adorable 9-year-old Dachshund, developed a tumor on the top of her head that grew aggressively until it began to press on her brain and eyes. Veterinarians knew that they needed to remove a large portion of her skull to treat her.
Patches needed a new “skull” to cover the opening at the top of her head. The solution? A 3D printed titanium implant custom made to fit Patches!
Veterinarians performed a 4-hour operation, removing the tumor and attaching the implant to her skull.
While 3D printing technology has been used successfully to create artificial limbs and lower jaws for animals, using it for a skull plate is unusual.
Veterinarians note that a high cost, complicated procedure would be most effectively used in a case like Patches—when a pet cannot survive without the implant.
Click HERE to read an article about Patches, and check out this video documenting her incredible story: