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IF YOU FOUND A PACK MEMBER who may be sick or injured, PLEASE TAKE IT TO THE  NEAREST VETERINARIAN. IF NEARBY, WE  PREFER LA JOLLA VETERINARY HOSPITAL at 7520 Fay Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037 - (858) 454-4103 - open M-F 7:30AM-9PM. SAT 8-5, SUN 9-4. For after hours care, please take pet to VSH 10435 Sorrento Valley Rd -(858) 875-7500, however if this is not the closest option and pet is seriously injured or sick or you simply cannot hold onto the pet, just go to the nearest open vet and ask them to help. We INDEMNIFY VETERINARIANS and good Samaritans and authorize emergency stabilization. All pets may be stabilized, but please see treatment cost caps (the Pekes have no cap) and health notes below if doing so will not delay life-saving treatment. 

Our Precious Guinea Pigs

Smonkey - Male Peke

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Smonkey is the most loving and happy canine on the planet! He came to us as a 9-month old when his owners could no longer keep him. He will be a ZenK9 resident for life. He has  taught us so much about healing. Also, since he is very food-driven, he makes a fantastic trick dog. Smonkey won first place for his tricks at the Cardiff Dog Days of Summer festival and loved being a star that day. Since he needed constant supervision and loved performing, it made sense to teach him service dog tasks so he would never have to be alone. Now his handler looks out for him while he returns the favor.  It couldn't be more perfect!


Medical considerations: No cap on Tx expense (Insured with no limits or PECs). Hx: vaccine anaphylaxis, microvascular hepatic dysplasia*, sick sinus syndrome*, murmur (Dec 2018 atropine test OK)*, KCS* (occular, resolved), movement disorder with seizure-like activity*, chronic pancreatitis*.  Neutered.  *(asymptomatic on current regimen).


 Care: Keep cool (no direct sun in warm weather,  wet fur if panting due to heat). 

Feed only non-fat cottage cheese or super-lean, raw turkey (make sure it does not have rosemary sometimes listed as "natural flavor" on brands like Jenni-O(TM). Add 1,000mg calcium per pound of meat/Cottage cheese if possible). Steamed rice (no oil, sm amt sea salt) is OK to get him by for a few days but feed small amounts and make sure it's mushy (he isn't very bright and can choke).  He tolerates small amounts of chicken breast but may be allergic to chicken. Allergic to beef and possibly lamb.

Belle Ching - Female Peke

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"Belli" is the most snuggly muffin face you will ever meet! We took her in as a pup. She was adoptable, but after her first adoption failed, we had a hard time finding a home that would continue her special care and training. We took that, and her deep bond to Smonkey, as our cue that she was meant to stay with us.  She had autoimmunity as a young puppy and has been a patient and grateful test subject while we explore many remedies with her. Despite her challenges, she has learned service dog tasks related to mobility, protection, and emotional rescue. A natural guardian, Belli just loves her job and every friendly person she meets. 


Medical considerations:  No cap on Tx expense (Insured with no limits or PECs) Hx: vaccine anaphylaxis, moderate bee/insect allergy, liver disease* (unspecified), dermatitis, KCS*, chronic pancreatitis*, bilateral inguinal hernia (palpate & reduce PRN). 

*(asymptomatic on current regimen). 


Care: Keep cool (no direct sun in warm weather, wet fur if panting due to heat). VERY dog/cat reactive if not with her trainer. Keep away from strange animals.  

Feed only non-fat cottage cheese or super-lean, raw turkey (make sure it does not have rosemary sometimes listed as "natural flavor" on brands like Jenni-O(TM). Add 1,000mg calcium per pound of meat/Cottage cheese if possible). Steamed rice (no oil, sm amt sea salt) is OK for a few days.  She tolerates small amounts of chicken breast but may be allergic to chicken. Allergic to beef and possibly lamb.

Smoo Ching - Female Peke

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Smoo Ching is the smartest dog in our pack. She loves to work and "help out", even if it's not so helpful (e.g. putting  furry, icky toys in the clean laundry basket). She would love nothing more than to compete in agility but her health and behavior concerns do not permit this. She is content to make the sanctuary her obstacle course. She also is quite good at service dog tasks relating to mobility and alerting.  Because she is a light sleeper, she has been very reliable for night-time rescue work. We are so proud of her and thankful for her strong work ethic. She is a definite keeper.


Medical considerations: No cap on Tx expense (Insured with no limits or PECs).  Hx: vaccine anaphylaxis; early CKD; rapid-onset bee anaphylaxis (treat with epinephrine  PLUS benadryl AND dex;  benadryl may need repeating q 6 hrs. Pls observe very carefully if relying on Benadryl, always use injectable if available, and treat for 72 hrs; murmur*; KCS (occular)*; rare GM seizures,  pancreatitis*; stenotic nares corrected; inguinal hernia (reduce PRN). 

*(asymptomatic on current regimen). 

 

Care: Keep indoors. Do not risk her stepping on a grounded bee please. Sick bees will hide in sidewalk cracks, grass, etc. please carry her when outdoors.  Use pee pads or indoor turf as a potty. Keep cool (no direct sun in warm weather, wet fur if panting due to heat). Can be dog aggressive and cat reactive. Keep away from strange animals (reactive at times). 

Feed non-fat cottage cheese. Add 1,000mg calcium per 16oz of cottage cheese if possible). Steamed rice (no oil, sm amt sea salt) is OK for a few days.  Small amounts of raw chicken breast is OK. Allergic to beef and possibly lamb.

Son aka Vido - Male DMH

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Son and his sister, Peeper were picked up from a fine jewelry store in La Jolla as day-old kittens. This is fitting because they quickly became priceless gems to us. 


As a kitten, Son seemed to suffer from "intellectual disability". He was and is dumb as a rock, but sweet as pie. It wasn't obvious if it was his lack of intelligence or a disease casing his repeated leg fractures. What was obvious is that nobody wanted a frail kitten who might have brittle bone disease. We tried to place he and his sister in a home together but nobody wanted them. We are so gad it worked the way it did because this sweet soul has taught us many valuable lessons. The switch to a raw diet quickly turned Son into a super-healthy, sturdy, and incredibly agile creature.


Medical considerations: $15,000 cap for TxCKD*, IBD*, gingivitis, Hx of urinary crystals* (only when fed commercial treats/diets). .


Care: 2tbsp raw, lean turkey (no rosemary or "natural flavor") with calcium (ideally, a full spectrum mineral blend such as seaweed calcium) very 6 hours. 1.5ml MesoSilver and 2 drops DMSO added to meals has Piper thriving and happy!

Piper- Female DSH

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Piper was found outdoors with her brother and sister who were but a few hours old. She was fading and non-responsive when I went to meet the litter the next day. She had't figured out how to drink out of a bottle despite the best effort of her rescuers. 24 hours with little to no food could be deadly for such a young kitten. Thankfully, she was still conscious when I arrived and was able to swallow drops of milk. Soon after, she had enough energy to nurse from the bottle. She then latched onto the bottle and wouldn't let go. We joke that she has not stopped eating since she figured out how.  Peeper had some behavior issues which made her unadoptable. She needed careful supervision and an environment where she'd not be punished for a habit she couldn't help so we committed to caring for her for life.

Medical considerations: $15,000 cap for Tx.IBD*, EGC.  Pica (don't leave unsupervised with textiles/rubber). If she's fed q6 hours and allowed to be 3lbs overweight, pica resolves.

Care: 2tbsp raw, lean turkey (no rosemary or "natural flavor") with calcium (ideally, a full spectrum mineral blend such as seaweed calcium) very 6 hours. 1.5ml MesoSilver and 2 drops DMSO added to meals has Piper thriving and happy! 

Snoofy - Male Dalmation mix

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Snoofy was a street dog from the city of Chula Vista. He'd been picked up and taken to their Animal Care Facility to see if a owner might claim him. After 30days, nobody had, so we took him in. From day one, he has been a loving, appreciative dog, but a handful. He had a strong herding drive that we have to frequently redirect to keep him from nipping anything that runs or rolls past him. He also had a vaccine reaction and couldn't afford to be vaccinated again. We decided to keep him in sanctuary so we could focus on helping him be well and well mannered. He is now about 15 years old and still very spunky. 


Medical Considerations: Please stay under the $6,000 cap for trauma and $3,000 for illness. severe vaccine reactions, deformed/painful LRL, degenerative myelopathy, suspected brain mass/lesion (improving), possible CKD (resolved?), hypothyroidism (improving), and possible inner ear disorder.  Sound phobias (text alerts, microwave, etc) Meds: .7mg levothyroxine BID.; Low-Dose Naltrexone; Nettle seeds;  DMSO 2 ml BID in food or 3ml BID topically for neuroprotection/pain-relief. 

Care: feed Stella and Chewy's chicken patties or raw chicken with seaweed calcium added (no beef, pork source calcium). SEVERE FOOD ALLERGIES (to most foods) AND VACCINE REACTIONS.

Adoptable and Recently Adopted Pack Mates

Chucky D Chihuahua (adoptable)

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Chucky is  a comical and charming character. He spent most of his life with an elderly bachelor who recently passed away. The two of them could be described as jovial, yet sassy foodies who will engage anyone in play.

Due to his extremely-life-threatening autoimmunity, it is imperative he never be vaccinated and he must remain on his special diet and supplements. He is adoptable to an adopter that has demonstrated diligence with special needs pets in the past. It is extremely important that he never is allowed to escape, as a pickup by animal control would certainly result in vaccination which in turn would result in a higher likelihood that his IMHA & IMT would return. He can only be placed in a San Diego home that will bring him for visits once or twice a month.  

Medical considerations:  $2,500 cap on Tx expense.  Evan's Syndrom  (resolved), torn CCL. Luxated patella, food allergy (grains, gluten), dermatitis, pancreatitis, seizure or movement disorder, has painful left flank, leg, chest, and belly after being mauled by a big dog. Muzzle and jaw are also sensitive. He will snap (due to pain) if picked up incorrectly. He only has 4 teeth (all bottom),  so he can't  bite, but please handle him gently. 

Short-term care: Feed Stella and Chewy's chicken/beef patties or raw chicken/beef with ground chicken/beef bone or seaweed or eggshell calcium. 

Mamacita (adoptable)

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Little Mama is adoptable and ready for her new home. Little Mama is the sweetest little thing. She wags her tail so quickly we wonder if she's part rattlesnake. You will melt when she looks up at you adoringly with big puppy dog eyes and softly laid-back ears. 

She is not destructive but will chew/swallow food-related items (wrappers, containers, pits) that she finds in the home or on walks. She needs a diligent, watchful adopter.  

She came to us with a lot of issues but if sully reformed and grateful for the structure in her life. She is really good at dog parks. She's been crate, pee pad and dog-door trained. She sits nicely and waits to  begin her meals. Mama is good on leash and can walk 1-2 miles but is content without walks, too. Mama is an excellent watch dog with a serious bark that is fairly low pitched. She has earned her keep as head of security. 

 Read more here:https://www.adoptapet.com/pet/17599648-la-jolla-california-chihuahua 


Medical considerations: $3,500 cap on Tx expense.  Moderate to severe food allergy, periodontal diease. Modeerate food allergies (do not vaccinate), no cytopoint.


Short-term care: Keep away from kinds and other animals. Feed freeze-dried chicken patties (no fish oil) or raw chicken with ground chicken bone or seaweed calcium added (no beef, pork source calcium). Tolerates turkey. Allergic to dairy, beef, fish. 

Sir Ruffington (adopted)

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Sir Ruffington, Aka "Lil Boy" "Ruffy"  or "Rusty" is a frequent visitor and one of our precious test subjects. 

Ruffy was taken in from a shelter as a 3 year old. He became paralyzed from a back injury at that young age, but recovered very quickly. The paralysis was very temporary, luckily. . None of our remedies seemed to help, so a vet suggested a "harmless" injection. Within 1 hour he was red from head to toe and was so lethargic he had trouble opening his eyes. That lasted for 6 weeks. He also developed what looked like full body ticks. 

When he was mostly recovered and had another adopter lined up, he was diagnosed with generalized ringworm. That took months to get under control. The female pekes bathed him daily to soothe his lesions- it was adorable. They fell in love with him and they are the only dogs he interacts with  so we couldn't separate them. We found an adopter who brings him for boarding ad daycare frequently. 

Medical considerations: $3,500 cap on Tx expense.   Ringworm, spinal injury, Severe food allergies, - do not vaccinate, no cytopoint,

Short-term care: Feed Stella and Chewy's chicken patties or raw chicken with ground chicken bone or seaweed calcium added (no beef, pork source calcium). Ruffy is fearful and dislikes being picked up. Allergic to dairy, beef, fish. 

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