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Miss Candy's stumble had a happy ending.
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San Francisco Aid for Animals provides lifesaving funds for medical emergencies—helping to keep pets and their families together.
Just in time for Giving Tuesday 2016, generous donors have pledged to match your donations received by December 31st – up to $5,000!
With our veterinarians donating matching services this is a triple match opportunity! There has never been a better time to help beloved pets in need.
Katherine, an 84-year-old widow from Pacifica, is very fond of telling her many friends that, in her opinion, the only dogs worth having are English Bulldogs. A mischievous friend emailed the website for NorCal Bulldog Rescue to Katherine, who spotted Bodie and was immediately smitten. In May 2016 she brought Bodie home from Elk Grove, California.

When Placerville SPCA picked up Bodie, her condition was pretty bad: she weighed only 30 pounds, there were wounds and scars indicating abuse, and they estimated that she was about 14 years old. She would have been euthanized but she was so sweet and gentle that the rescue group took her in, took care of her medical needs and got her weight up to forty-one pounds before making her available for adoption. 

Katherine quickly discovered that Bodie was totally untrained, not house broken, and stone deaf. But Bodie responded well to training: she learned to walk on a leash, poop and pee outside, sleep on the bed and love car rides. 

In June 2016 Bodie developed a bloody urinary tract infection that responded well to antibiotics. Then in August she began to pass larger amounts of blood. An ultrasound revealed a fully intact and badly infected uterus (pyometra). The only treatment for this condition is surgery to remove the infected uterus. Katherine’s problem was that between a new transmission for her car, Bodie’s ultrasound and other meds, there was no money to pay for the surgery and euthanasia was once again a heartbreaking probability.

Fortunately, Dr. de Punzio had a grant from SF Aid for Animals and with the hospital match the cost for the surgery was lowered to an affordable level. The surgery was successful, Bodie is well and life is good. Katherine has great praise for the entire staff at Linda Mar Veterinary Hospital and will always be thankful for their care of Bodie and for the grant from San Francisco Aid for Animals that help save her life.

SF Aid for Animals was founded by a handful of local veterinarians with the goal of providing funds to pet guardians who are financially unable to afford the costs of care for their pet’s unexpected life-threatening medical needs. Since we started making grants in 2012 we have helped save 213 pets and awarded $124,619.45. This past year alone, with your help, we saved 68 pets.


(Numbers above shown for last year)

Miss Candy arrived at Betty’s home in 2006 after the death of a relative. The four-year-old Pekingese's chronic inner ear defect resulted in a permanent head tilt and the tendency to circle to the left. This has not stopped Miss Candy going on walks and living a happy life for the past ten years with Betty and her husband.

Betty and Miss Candy visited Mission Pet Hospital at least once a year for checkups and necessary shots. As Miss Candy aged her legs got a little weaker and she had less control of her circling problem. All went well until March 2016, when in bit of excited play she ran into a doorjamb with enough force to seriously damage her left eye.

The veterinarians at Mission Pet Hospital determined that the eye was so seriously damaged that the only possible treatment was surgical removal. Unfortunately Betty did not have the $3700 needed to cover the surgery and Miss Candy’s future was very uncertain. However, the four vets at Mission Pet Hospital, Drs. Claire Blumstein, Jill Fortuna, David Gordon, and Mark Wade, knowing of Betty’s financial situation and her love for Miss Candy, combined all of their grants from SF Aid for Animals and with the hospital match they covered the entire cost of Miss Candy’s surgery. Betty reports that since the surgery Miss Candy is doing very well. Her appetite has returned and she’s even putting on a bit of “winter weight” as her guardian affectionately refers to it.

Betty wants to thank the entire staff at Mission Pet Hospital for the wonderful care they have provided to Miss Candy over her entire life and to San Francisco Aid for Animals for the financial aid that helped save Miss Candy’s life.


How do I control fleas on my pet?

There are two kinds of readily available and effective flea control products: 
1) Topical products, such as Advantage and Frontline administered once per month
2) Oral products, which are new, appear to be very safe,  and are available in a number of combinations that will  control fleas, ticks, and heart-worms. Oral products are  easy to give and appear to kill parasites faster than the  topical products
*Never give a cat any product labeled for dogs only!

 

Why does my dog eat grass?

Probably because it tastes good! However, if your dog has a tummy ache he/she may try to eat a large amount of grass to purge themselves. A bland diet will probably do a better job curing their tummy ache. The only real danger of eating grass in San Francisco is that with so many dogs visiting our parks, the grass is contaminated with bacteria and viruses that can make your dog sick. 
 

How can I get my kitten to use a litter box?

Cats instinctively want to bury their feces and urine. To train a new kitten to use a litter box it is best to confine the kitten to a small place and put a small, disposable, shallow litter box in with the kitten. You can easily make such a litter box with a section of the local paper. Lay it flat, pinch up the corners and staple them, add a little litter and voila you’re done. I have seen many cats that apparently do not wish to pee and poo in the same box. Adding second box next to the first usually solves this problem.

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