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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 injured or sick (or you simply cannot hold onto the pet for us, just go to the nearest open vet and ask them to help while referring them here to our commitment to pay for care and boarding). We INDEMNIFY VETERINARIANS and good Samaritans and authorize emergency stabilization of all of our pets. The pekingese have no cap on treatment cost reimbursement. Please see treatment cost caps and health notes below for other animals in order to provide a sensible level of care. 

Our Cherished, Long-term Research Participants

Smonkey - Male Peke

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Smonkey is the most loving canine on the planet! He came to us as a 9-month old when his owners could no longer keep him. He's  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 a big dog festival and is now a task-trained service dog who loves to help.


Medical considerations: No cap on Tx expense. Hx: vaccine anaphylaxis, microvascular hepatic dysplasia*, sick sinus syndrome, heart murmur, KCS*, movement disorder with seizure-like activity*, chronic pancreatitis*.  Neutered.  

*(asymptomatic on current regimen).


 Care: Keep cool (no direct sun in warm weather, wet fur down to skin if panting due to heat).  Dog/cat reactive if allowed to be. Keep away from strange animals.  

Feed only non-fat cottage cheese or super-lean, raw turkey (please ensure it does not have rosemary sometimes listed as "natural flavor" on some brands). 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; tolerates a bit of raw chicken breast but may be allergic to chicken. Allergic to beef/ lamb.

Belle Ching - Female Peke

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"Belli" is the most snuggly muffin you'll ever meet!  After her first adoption failed, we decided to keep her in sanctuary for life.  She developed autoimmune issues as a puppy and has been a grateful test subject while we explore remedies to help her.  She is also a task-trained service dog. A natural guardian, Belli loves keeping an eye/ear on things. 


Medical considerations:  No cap on Tx expense  Hx: vaccine anaphylaxis, moderate bee/insect allergy, many food intolerances, liver disease*, dermatitis, KCS*, chronic pancreatitis*, spayed, duodenal biopsy and inguinal hernia repaired on 4/11/2019. 

*(asymptomatic on current regimen). 


Care: Keep cool (no direct sun in warm weather, wet fur down to skin 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 (please ensure it does not have rosemary sometimes listed as "natural flavor" on some brands). 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; tolerates a bit of raw chicken breast but may be allergic to chicken. Allergic to beef/ lamb.  

Smoo Ching - Female Peke

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Smoo Ching is the smartest dog in our pack. She loves to "help out" (even if it's not so helpful) and has a never-ending zest for life.  She developed autoimmune issues as a puppy and has been a grateful test subject while we explore remedies to help her. She is also a task-trained service dog and we are thankful for her strong drive and work ethic.


Medical considerations: No cap on Tx expense.  Hx: vaccine anaphylaxis. Rapid-onset bee anaphylaxis (treat with benadryl, epinephrine & dex. Anaphylaxis can intensify suddenly. Please use continuous vitals monitor and treat for 72 hours); murmur*; KCS*; rare GM seizures,  pancreatitis*; stenotic nares corrected; inguinal hernia (please palpate & reduce BID). 

*(asymptomatic on current regimen). 

 

Care: Keep indoors with pee pads or indoor turf as a potty. Carry her while outdoors and do not risk her stepping on grounded bees in sidewalk cracks, grass, etc.  Keep cool (no direct sun in warm weather, wet her fur if panting due to heat). Keep away from strange animals. 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/ 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". We didn't know if it was his lack of normal skill or a disease that caused him to break two legs in one month, but nobody wanted to adopt a kitten who might have brittle bone disease. The switch to a raw diet quickly turned Son into a super-healthy cat but we failed to find  a home willing to continue this so we took him on as a lifetime resident. This sweet soul has taught us many valuable lessons. 

Medical considerations: $30,000 cap for Tx. considerations: CKD*, IBD*, gingivitis, Hx of urinary crystals and bone fractures (only when fed commercial treats/diets). Do not Vaccinate. Cervical arthritis.


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 aka "Peeper" was found outdoors with her brother when just a few hours old. She was fading and non-responsive when Luckydog came to her rescue.  Thankfully, she was still conscious and able to swallow drops of milk. Soon after, she had the energy to nurse. She latched onto the bottle and wouldn't let go. We joke that she has not stopped eating since she figured out how (She has always been plump).  Peeper was very destructive in her quest for food, eating through backpacks, purses and pockets to get to anything remotely edible(including gum, lip gloss, etc). She needed careful supervision so we committed to caring for her for life.
Medical considerations: $15,000 cap for Tx.IBD*, EGC.  Pica (don't leave unsupervised).  Do not Vaccinate.

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 as a skittish stray living on the streets. From day one, he's been a loving, appreciative, and eager-to-please dog to his rescuer but shy with most people. He was only about a year old when rescued so we thought he'd be very adoptable, but he had other ideas. His femur had been broken months earlier. It stopped growing lenghtwise and became a bit twisted at the ends. The deformed joints developed arthritis while he was quite young.  Amputation was recommended, but we decided to try an anti-inflammatory diet and supplements intead. The diet worked, but we couldn't find adopters to continue it, so we kept him in sanctuary. This gave us time to explore different supplements and compare them. In retrospect, not amputating his leg was a life-saving decision. He is 15 now and relies on both rear legs to get around. Had Snoofy lost a leg early in life, I'm sure he'd not still be taking his nightly 1-mile walks, or enjoying playhful romps on the beach. 


Medical Considerations: $6,000 cap for trauma and $3,000 for illness. Hx: vaccine reactions, deformed LRL, degenerative myelopathy, suspected brain mass/lesion (improving), possible early CKD, hypothyroidism and possible R inner ear infection.  Sound phobias (text alerts, microwave, etc) Meds: .6mg levothyroxine  

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.

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. The two of them could be described as jovial, yet sassy foodies who will engage anyone in play.

Due to life-threatening autoimmunity, it is imperative he never be vaccinated and remain on his special diet and supplements. He is adoptable to an adopter that has demonstrated diligence with special needs pets. It is extremely important that he never escapes as being turned into the humane society could result in vaccination and, subsequently, a fatal revival of the disease we fought so hard to overcome. 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 2 teeth,  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 (Adopted)

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 Little Mama is the sweetest little thing. She wags her tail so quickly we wonder if she's part rattlesnake. Mama is not destructive but will chew/swallow food-related items (wrappers, containers, pits) that she finds in the home or on walks. She has been adopted but remains part of the family so please contact us if you should happen to find her. 

 


Medical considerations: $2,500 cap on Tx expense (prior to contact for further approvial).  Food allergy, periodontal disease. Do not vaccinate or administer cytopoint.


Short-term care: Keep away from kids 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

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"Ruffy"   is a frequent visitor and one of our precious test subjects.  A couple months after we took Ruffy in, we realized he had autoimmunty. We thought he was just allergic to the grass in his foster home and some foods, but his real issues became apparent over time. A few months into his stay with us, he had a transient neurologic episode which has recurred a few times but has no diagnosis. We later realized his skin problem was not allergies but generalized ringworm- an indication of reduced  immunity. His skin recovered with a special diet and baths, but he remains a bit of a challenge to diagnose and treat due to his odd "movement disorder" episodes. 

Medical considerations: $4,500 cap on Tx .   Hx of persistent, generalized, ringworm, possible spinal injury with transient paralysis, movement/seizure disorder, Severe food allergies. Do not administer vaccines or 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 skittish and dislikes being picked up so if you found him or are treating him, please handle him with caution to prevent boling, jumping off/out of high places and any unecessary stress. Allergic to dairy, beef, fish and possibly eggs. 

Sploots

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No limit on treatment reimbursement.
Hx  Vaccine reaction. Do not Vaccinate. Keep away from strange animals, especially cats. 

Mango

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No limit on treatment reimbursement.

Hx  Vaccine reaction. Do not Vaccinate. Keep away from strange animals, especially cats. 

Debo

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No limit on treatment reimbursement.
Hx  Vaccine reaction. Do not Vaccinate. Keep away from strange animals, especially cats. 

Fluffypants

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No limit on treatment reimbursement.
Hx  Vaccine reaction. Do not Vaccinate. Keep away from strange animals, especially cats. 

Sammy D Simeez

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No limit on treatment reimbursement.
Hx  Vaccine reaction. Do not Vaccinate . Keep away from strange animals, especially cats. 

Blue

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No limit on treatment reimbursement.
Hx  Vaccine reaction. Do not Vaccinate. Keep away from strange animals. 

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Who do you Love? Earmark your donation for the pet of your choice.

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Belle Ching's Spay & Tummy Tuck (hernia fix) -  Goal $5,800 only $705 to go!

Smoo Ching's Hysterectomy & Tummy Tuck (hernia repair) - Goal $5,800- only $800 to go!

Smoo Ching will have hernia surgery and hysterectomy once funds are raised.

Snoofy's Bucket List Fund- Goal $2,000

We are accepting donations for sweet Snoofy's bucket list. Snoofy would love to have frequent massage/acupuncture/cold-laser, lots of feel-good supplements, frequent park and beach outings (volunteer walkers who are dog-savvy are appreciated),  and, when it's his day, a prime rib dinner followed by chocolate ice cream and a Candlelight euthanasia with his sanctuary friends. 

Smonkey's Smile 'N' Eyes Fund Goal $3,000

Smonkey needs oral surgery, a dental cleaning, and eyelid surgery. Due to his special needs, he requires a cardiologist and an anesthesiologist during the surgery.

Lucky Chucky's Good as New Knees Fund- Goal $4,500

Chucky is awaiting treatment with stem cells to help his knees. 

Feline Fine Fund- Goal $1,000/month

Son has (had?) kidney disease and needs a special diet, lots of supplements and frequent labwork. We have several other special felines on special diets, supplements and medications who require regular labwork and examination. Food and supplements are about $700-900/month. Any additional donations will help cover insurance premiums, co-pays, exams, and other vet care costs and grooming.  

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