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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 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 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*, 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'll ever meet!  After her first adoption failed, we had a hard time finding a home that would continue her special care.  She developed autoimmunity as a young 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/nose on things and alerting her handler. 


Medical considerations:  No cap on Tx expense  Hx: vaccine anaphylaxis, moderate bee/insect allergy,many food intolerances, liver disease* (unspecified), 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 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 "help out" (even if it's not so helpful) and has a never-ending zest for life.  She had autoimmune issues at just 10 weeks of age 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 work ethic.


Medical considerations: No cap on Tx expense.  Hx: vaccine anaphylaxis; early CKD; rapid-onset bee anaphylaxis (always treat with epinephrine  PLUS injectable (when available) Benadryl Plus dexamethasone; please use heart monitor for 72 hours. Benadryl may need repeating q 6 hrs versus 8. Pls treat for 72 hrs; murmur*; KCS (occular)*; rare GM seizures,  pancreatitis*; stenotic nares corrected; inguinal hernia (please palpate & reduce BID). 

*(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". We didn't know if it was his lack of normal skills or a disease that cuased him to break two legs in one month. Nobody wanted adopt a kitten who might have brittle bone disease or was self-destructive. The switch to a raw diet quickly turned Son into a super-healthy cat but we failed to find  a home willing to continue raw-feeding. 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.


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 I went to meet the litter. 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 was insanely destructive in her quest for food. 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 with textiles/rubber). If she's fed q6 hours and allowed to be 3lbs overweight, pica resolves. 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 found as a skittish stray living on the streets.  From day one, he was a loving, appreciative dog to his rescuer but was afraid of everyone else.  He also had a strong herding drive that we had to redirect to keep him from nipping anything that moves quickly. He had a severe vaccine reaction while in our care and we struggled to find him a home that would refrain from vaccinating him. We decided to make him a lifetime member of our sanctuary after all adoptions in the first few years fell through. 


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 early CKD, hypothyroidism and possible inner ear disorder.  Sound phobias (text alerts, microwave, etc) Meds: .6mg levothyroxine BID.; Low-Dose Naltrexone; Nettle seeds. 

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. 

Mama 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 with health and behavior issues but is fully rehabilitated and her care is easy enough that she could do well in the right home. She's 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 low-pitched bark. She his the head of security at the sanctuary. 

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


Medical considerations: $3,500 cap on Tx expense.  Moderate food allergy, periodontal disease. Do not vaccinate or administer 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. Soon after we took Ruffy in, he appeared to have a vaccine reaction that both reduced his immunity and caused autoimmunity, None of our usual 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 mini seizures. 

He was then was diagnosed with generalized ringworm which 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 found him a sponsor to foster him long-term and bring him for frequent visits. 

Medical considerations: $4,500 cap on Tx expense.   Hx of persistent, generalized, ringworm, spinal injury with transient paralysis, Severe food 

allergies. Do not vaccinate. Allergic to 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 and possibly eggs. 

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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 - 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 $4,000

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,  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 $2,000

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

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

Chucky is awaiting bi-lateral knee surgery. 

Feline Fine Fund- Goal $900/month

Son has kidney disease and needs a special diet, lots of supplements and frequent labwork. We have several other special-care felines on special diets, supplements and medications. 

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