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Did you know that Family Pet Hospital has a Pet Samaritan Fund that helps clients and their pets when a special need arises?

Whenever you purchase Pet Odor Exterminator Candles, the proceeds are donated to this fund.  We have a special committee that then meets to select a deserving case that would benefit from a little extra help and T.L.C.

Donations are also accepted directly to the fund.  Whenever you are in for services, consider rounding up your payment to donate the change to this fund and help someone less fortunate in their effort to care for their deserving pet.

The Pet Samaritan Fund at Family Pet Hospital is funded solely through voluntary contributions and sales of Pet Odor Exterminator Candles. On behalf of the recipients of this fund, we are grateful to those who generously contribute.  It is our hope that the recipients of these donations will find themselves in a better position in the future enabling them to reciprocate the generosity to keep the fund available to others that may encounter a similar need.  Use of the Pet Samaritan Fund at Family Pet Hospital is evaluated by a committee of the staff & doctors on a case-by-case basis when a loyal and diligent pet owner is faced with an unexpected and overwhelming need.

Who have we helped so far?

Winston Cole

Winston is a 9 year old Shih Tzu whose loving family has fallen on hard times.  Dad had just started back to work after being out for two years with health problems, but was laid off again when his pain became unbearable.  Mom has been delaying her own dental care until they can afford to have her problems treated.  They recently had to put down another family pet due to extensive cancer.  So when Winston was diagnosed with stage 4 periodontitis, there was a lot of concern about his quality of life, but they could not imagine their home without him.  
Advanced periodontal disease is not only painful because of erosion of the bone and gums surrounding loose teeth, but the infection can spread through the bloodstream to other internal organs.  Dogs have 42 adult teeth.  When selective breeding created Shih tzus with the shorter face, they did not end up with fewer or even smaller teeth.  That means that they still have just as many teeth as larger dogs, but crowded into a smaller space.  Inevitably, this results in food particles being trapped between the teeth and under the gums.  Thus, most Shih tzus develop periodontal problems prematurely.
Winston’s family decided that they would need to make whatever sacrifices were necessary to take care of their beloved pet so that he wouldn’t be in constant pain.  They had already adjusted to feeding him a soft food as he couldn’t chew anything hard.  However, that just contributed to more tartar & plaque build-up.  Once this vicious cycle begins, bacteria trapped under the gums release enzymes & chemicals that destroy the periodontal ligament and cementum that hold the teeth in the jaw.  The bones themselves start dissolving because of this infection.  Beyond a certain point, the process becomes irreversible and the teeth are doomed to loss.  If not treated aggressively, these infections can weaken the jaw to the point that the bone breaks, adding even more insult to injury.
It required over 3½ hours of anesthesia & surgery to extract 22 teeth and clean up the infection in Winston’s mouth.  He has 10 functional teeth remaining for eating.  The others had already fallen out.  When they learned that the Family Pet Hospital’s Pet Samaritan Fund committee had decided to donate some funds toward Winston’s care, they were extremely grateful.  They would still need to come up with a down payment and even make monthly installments on the balance, but the Pet Samaritan Fund was able to donate $700 toward the cost of his care.   
After just two days, his family reported that he was back to eating & drinking well and was even back to making his "grunts, snorts and vocalizing like normal."

Luna Hooker

  • Luna1.jpgOn July 31st, Logan went for a day hike in Dry Canyon above Lindon with his faithful Border Collie, Luna.  No one is certain what led to the tragic events of that day that resulted in Logan's fall from a 50 foot cliff.  When Boy Scouts rapelling nearby got to him, Luna was lying there beside him, not willing to abandon her master in spite of her own injuries.  They reported that she had tried to follow Logan after he slipped over the edge.  When Logan's mother presented Luna to the Family Pet Hospital the next day, Dr. Madsen determined that she had fallen from the cliff as well, most likely in her effort to follow after Logan.  In addition to bruises and pneumothorax (air trapped in the chest from possible punctured lung), Luna had internal bleeding from a ruptured bladder.  Emergency surgery was performed to fix the tear in the bladder (large enough to fit a ping pong ball through) and to remove the toxic urine that was making her as sick as if she had kidney failure.  The Pet Samaritan Fund has contributed over $380 for her care.  Donations are being accepted to help Logan's mother, Nita, with the follow-up care.  Nita lost her husband in June to a battle with cancer.

Kavik Davis

  • Kavik3.jpgKavik is a 10 yr old Siberian Husky that suddenly started feeling sick in the Fall of 2011.  He stopped eating, was vomiting and was so weak that he even fell off the couch and couldn't get up.  He lost 10 pounds as he became jaundiced and was dehydrated because he couldn't hold any fluids down.  Thus began a long road of intensive care and diagnostic testing to find the cause of his liver disease and the treatments and remedies to nurse him back to health.  Having watched Kavik grow up since he was a puppy and having worked with his owner's other pets, we knew how dedicated she was to providing them the best care she could on a very limited income.  Shortly after his diagnosed liver infection, his owner lost her job.  Having already lost her home in the difficult economy, the Pet Samaritan Fund was able to donate a little over $300 toward Kavik's ongoing care. 

Tippy McNeff

  • photo_1.jpgTippy is a young Border Collie mix that was found alone near Whiting Campground.  Not wanting to leave him unattended, a local citizen took him home with them to try and locate an owner or turn him over to Animal Control.  However, in the process, Tippy jumped or fell from their pick-up truck and broke his leg.  After several days of unsuccessful attempts to find an owner, an employee's relative volunteered to take on Tippy's care.  Unfortunately, the nature of the injury and the delay, resulted in  the need for amputation.  Today, Tippy is happy and energetic.  You have to look twice to realize anything is missing.  The Pet Samaritan Fund donated $60 from candle sales, while the local citizen donated $50.

Sushi John

  • Sushi.jpgSushi is a 7 yr old Labrador Retriever who ruptured her anterior cruciate ligament.  Because her joint is abnormally sloped and she is so active hiking with her family, she needed a more advanced procedure performed.  A traveling surgeon performed a TPLO (Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy) for her.  Unfortunately, this condition often happens in both knees, but not usually at the same time.  The Johns are working several jobs to pay for the second surgery.  So far, over $105 has been donated from the Pet Samaritan Fund.  We encourage your generosity and invite you to enjoy our seasonal candle scents to help Sushi's family pay for these procedures.
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