Archive for the ‘Veterinary Grant Recipients’ Category

Nearly lost, Gypsie is back!

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

In June, 2011, Kira Davidson’s boyfriend took her to Disneyland for her birthday.  It was a great day – until they returned home and Kira found her dog, Gypsie, shaking and acting “really strange.”

Gypsie, a 4-year-old Manchester terrier Kira had rescued “straight off the street” a year earlier, was “shaky and she’d never been shaky before. I figured that maybe it was because it was colder that night. The next morning, I woke up and I went out to get her some dog food. When I came home, she was excited and jumping like she normally does and we went upstairs. The next thing you know, I turned around and she was falling and tipping over and then she really fell down and I freaked out.

“My first instinct was to feel her heart and I noticed it was very, very, very slow. So I took her to my local veterinarian in Pasadena.  He said there was a heart murmur and it was beyond what he could do because he’s not a heart specialist.”

The veterinarian referred Kira, who lives in Temple City, to the Advanced Veterinary Care Center in Pasadena. Fearing an expensive treatment, Kira – who had been laid off from her job with an insurance company days before – went to a couple of other veterinarians first. She was told the same thing that the first practitioner had said.  So she took Gypsie to Advanced Veterinary Care.

“They were very accommodating and we found out that her heart wasn’t working right and the only way to save her was to put in a pacemaker.”  The hospital filled out forms for an Angel Fund grant to help Kira and AVCC matched the grant.  “So basically they saved us $1,000 on the pacemaker. And within about a week I had found out what was wrong with Gypsie and she was on the surgery table. She has always been a very fit dog. She’s got a lot of muscle, more than fat. So she was the first patient of theirs where they actually had to implant the pacemaker under her muscle, instead of just under her skin. The pacemaker is the exact same thing they put in a person. And it turned out really good. Dr. [Sarah] Zimmerman said she loved the result. She said she wanted to do it that way on more dogs.”

Today, Gypsie is a healthy, normal terrier.  She can keep up with other dogs.  She jumps and runs and plays.  “She’s fit!” Kira says happily.

But her dog would be gone by now, if she had not gotten the pacemaker, Kira believes. And she is delighted to have Gypsie back – just as she was before last June.

Pinky gets Angel Fund Grant

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

The Rodriguez family’s 12 year old pomeranian – Pinky – had bladder, ureteral and kidney stones that had to be removed surgically.  In order for the family to afford the surgery, The Advanced Veterinary Care Center applied for an AHF-SCVMA Angel Fund Grant.  This helped the Rodriguez family save the life of their beloved Pinky!

Fifi is helped by an Angel Fund Grant

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

The Portnoy family thanks the Northridge Pet Hospital for applying for and receiving a grant from AHF-SCVMA’s Angel Fund.  Their domestic shorthair cat – Fifi – had an ulcerated growth between her paw pad and needed attention to several teeth.  Fifi is recovering nicely.

Angel Fund helps a pug named Baby

Sunday, September 23rd, 2012

Read how the Angel Fund helped Baby thanks to the Rainbow Vet Hospital

Angel Fund Recipient

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

Thanks to the Rainbow Vet Hospital in Burbank for helping Jodi with her Sheltie Bonnie by reaching out to the Angel Fund!

The Cat Care Clinic helps Peanut recover

Monday, August 13th, 2012

The Green family is very grateful to the Cat Care Clinic and the Angel Fund for helping Peanut recover from a severe urinary tract infection.

Rainbow Vet Hospital Helps Client

Friday, July 20th, 2012

The Rainbow Vet Hospital received a grant from the AHF to help Luiz Molona ad his dog Pirate, who was bitten by a neighbor’s dog.  The little terriermix is only 1 year old, but has a full life ahead of him as a result of the hospital’s help.

Angel Fund Recipients Rosemary and Simon

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

The Cat Care Clinic in Orange used the Angel Fund to offset costs for Rosemary, whose cat, Simon, ingested Advil and was suffering from ibuprofen toxicity.  We hope that Simon makes a full recovery!

Angel Fund Recipients Kristan and Sunday

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

Many thanks to the Southern California Veterinary Hospital for utilizing our Angel Fund to help Sunday, the Dalmation who was limping.  We look forward to Sunday feeling better very soon.

Southern California Veterinary Hospital Helps Client

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

Thank you Southern California Veterinary Hospital for reaching out to the AHF Angel Fund to help the Antonetti family with the bills for their ill cat, Romeo.