This is because we get very little (if any) rain in the summer months, which makes the vegetation very dry. This is combined with strong dry winds (called the Santa Anas) that blow in from the deserts to the east.
It’s important for pet owners in California—and everywhere—to be prepared for wildfires and other natural disasters like tornadoes and hurricanes.
Do you have your emergency plans in place to safely evacuate with your pets? Here’s a video from PETA that outlines the essentials of a pet fire safety plan. You can also find more info on the FEMA website HERE.
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:
Cute little Luna is a 13-week-old Border Collie mix who got sick after eating tree bark. Our partners at Ethos Veterinary Health were treating Luna when her dad (who works 2 jobs to help make ends meet) ran out of funds during her hospitalization.
A FACE grant enabled Luna to remain in the hospital for one more day of the oxygen therapy and supportive care she needed to survive.
We’re happy to report that Luna is now doing well and on her way to a full recovery.
Did you know that some tree bark is harmful to dogs? Here’s a list of plants that are toxic to dogs, from the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control website.
Why do some dogs love to eat tree bark? Here’s a short video that helps explain this common canine behavior:
The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center provides pet owners with great pet poison prevention advice, in addition to staffing a 24/7 hotline that helps concerned pet owners in a poison-related emergency.
Do you have a pet poison emergency kit at home? A few simple items can be helpful if your dog or cat encounters anything toxic.
A basic kit should contain:
Liquid dish soap to remove substances from the fur or skin.
Rubber gloves to protect your hands while treating your pet.
Hydrogen peroxide to induce vomiting (always consult with a veterinarian before using this treatment).
A large syringe or turkey baster to administer the hydrogen peroxide.
Canned pet food to help dilute toxins or give more bulk to the vomit.
Saline solution to flush irritants from the eyes.
Tweezers to remove splinters or insect stingers.
Here’s a helpful video with more information on putting together a pet poison prevention kit: