Pancreatitis in Pets


Pancreatitis in pets is painful and horrible. This time of year, during the Holidays, pets can get too much fatty foods from table scraps during your families get togethers. So please always be aware of your pet when hosting Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner. Don’t let Grandma or Auntie sneak a few morsels of food under the table to Rover or Mittens!!! ;)

Pets can get pancreatitis not just from eating fatty foods and can be triggered by medications, surgeries, etc……. Senior pets are prone to getting it as well as some certain dog breeds. This disease should be taken seriously and your pet must go see the Vet for care. Don’t just try and heal alone and hope for the best. Your pet should not have to suffer cause you think you got it and can handle it. No one wants to see any animal in pain and be so very sick. Be proactive and get your pet proper care.

We had 2 cats in our past that had pancreatitis. One caused by a diet change. The other was unknown what caused it.

It was no fun for them as well as for me to have to worry and to really watch them closely. One of our cats actually became a diabetic after he had it. I don’t know if it caused it or was just timing since he was a senior. He did well for many years with his diabetes and insulin. Lots of monitoring and constant care and love.

Holding back food, water and meds for the first 24 hours was key for helping the pancreas rest. Hydration is very important afterwards. IV fluids or if your pet will drink, we bought plain Pedialite and put in there water bowls. Of course monitoring their drinking to make sure they did not get dehydrated from not drinking enough. I would check by pulling up their skin on their backs and if the skin bounced back, then they were hydrated enough. If it bounced back very slowly then they needed more fluids. (these are things I did and always listen to your Vet and don’t just go by my words here. Every situation is different. My Vet had me do home care since I work at home and was able to monitor their illnesses)

Info I found online about what to watch for:

Symptoms usually in a dog:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Vomits
  • belly discomfort/pain

Other symptoms:

  • A fever or low body temperature
  • Diarrhea
  • No energy
  • A hard time breathing
  • Dehydration
  • Irregular heartbeat

So never take a pets illness for granted. Take them to their Vet!!!

So gotta make some $ for a dog cart!


candy peeking

Our Candy girl has a damaged front leg from her former home. We assume she was abused by some of her behaviors when we first adopted her,  poor thing :( . Been with us for over 3 years now and is doing great! But her front damaged leg causes her to hop on her good front leg. Well after many years of hopping, she is getting pretty arthritic and is hurting more and more and is now needing some assistance to walk. She is fine around the house and we pick her up off the couch and the bed so she does not jump. We also have pet stairs for her and our other little senior dogs and cats with disabilities.

We have her on lots of glucosamine as well as other joint type suppliments. But have decided to save up for a front wheel cart. She loves to go for walkies but can only handle a going past a few houses now before she gets sore and tired. She has been trying to walk on her shorter damaged leg too instead of hopping like a bunny. The bad leg has no real strength and the elbow joint is all bundled up into a mess with a pin that is basically floating under her muscle and starting push against her muscle and skin. OUCH! For sure! Vet’s are watching it and will decide if she needs the pin to be removed.

This is the type of cart we need for Candy!

This is the type of cart we need for Candy!

We need to raise $500 for a custom cart for Candy. So we are asking all our fans if you can to check out our ETSY sites and see if there is anything you would like to purchase?! We are trying to sell as many of our items to raise money for Candy’s cart! If your into sewing, we have great sewing patterns of my handbag designs on my Mackerilla ETSY page. Or if your a pet fan, have some leashes, t shirts and other items on our Gimpy Pets ETSY page.

Please help if you can! You can also donate to Gimpy Pets too if you would like to help!

Here are our items and shops! :)

ETSY Mackerilla Design

ETSY Gimpy Pets

We thank you and Candy thanks you too!!! :)



Have a pet safe and sane 4th of July!!!


I always like to remind everyone who has pets to keep them inside and safe during the 4th. Where we live it’s like a war zone sometimes during this festive time. Lots of crazy fireworks all over the place. Since it is a beach town we have loads of tourists that come to Santa Cruz to hang on our beaches and go nuts! People bury fireworks in the sand days before and dig them up and have their own dangerous personal firework displays! It gets really really crazy!!

So with that being said and about your pets, please keep them home and indoors. Turn on the TV or music and play it loud. I put Rescue Remedy in their water bowls about a week before and call my Vet to get some doggie valium!

I also made my own version of a Thundershirt for one of our crew that pretty much loses her mind from the sparkly explosions. It breaks my heart to see her so upset. So we hope this will work on her along with taking meds and drinking calming water.

SO PLEASE!! Enjoy the 4th and keep your furkids safe!

Oh! And please don’t ask me if I sell these for other doggies. I did and got a cease and desist note from the people of Thundershirt! Even though mine is not the same, they still were crabby that I made a few of them…………………………

Candy modeling her "Orange is the new Black" anxiety coat I made.

Candy modeling her “Orange is the new Black” anxiety coat I made.

Bock bock!!! A little tip on chicken!


All dogs like chicken right?! Chicken flavored biscuits, chicken jerky, chicken canned dog food, etc…..

So what I like to do after I roast a chicken for dinner is to strip off most of the meat from the carcass after us humans are done with our meal. Break the carcass down into smaller pieces and then break out my crock pot!

I put in the carcass and what ever left over meat, juice from the roasting pan and any veggies that are left over.. Remove any onion pieces if they are in there. Then add water to cover the carcass about 1″ or so. Turn on the crock pot on high for about 5 hours then turn down to low. At the end of the day I check and see if the bones have basically turned to mush. If not then I leave overnight on warm and check in the morning.

After all the bones are completely broken down and super soft, I strain off the juice which I will save for future stock or use as the liquid in my homemade dog cookies. I then put all the soft bones and veggies that are pretty much mush into my food processor and blend til smooth. You can use this in some dog cookie recipes replacing an ingredient such as pumpkin or peanut butter with this chickenie slurry mixture. Or add some to your dogs dry food at dinner time. My dogs LOVE this stuff. You know what is in it and can be happy that there’s no preservatives, by products, and any other unnecessary junk!

Some people point out that cooking down the bones depletes the nutritional value of the bones. So you can add some doggie calcium supplements and other pet vitamin additives. Of course only add after supplements at the very end.

Loving those senior pets!!


I am so glad that people are finally jumping on the senior and disabled pet bandwagon! So many shelter animals get overlooked if they are over their prime age or have sustained injuries from neglect and/or abuse. Who says that they are done with life? The injured ones can be healed up with help from caring humans who see that they deserve a second chance.  The senior ones still love to play and have fun. Who says that older/disabled animals don’t enjoy a good ball chase anymore? Who says that they are just to old to be loved??? WHAT!!!! Well no longer goes the negative thinking about these special furball friends!

With so many senior and disabled pet organizations out here now a days, we have exposed the TRUTH!!! Senior and disabled pets ROCK!!

They do have a passion for life! I know this because my Candy girl (who will be 9 years old next month) wakes up every morning and jumps on me, wagging her tail and gives me loads of kisses. Then she pops over my head towards my husband to greet him. She is happy to be here with a family who loves her and her furry adopted brothers and sisters. I am pretty certain she is saying “Thank you, thank you , thank you!!” every time she kisses us!

Candy and her daddy!

Candy and her daddy!

Just this morning I was messaged on Facebook from one Senior Pet Rescue that I am accociated with, They are in San Francisco and are super hard workers on saving every senior pet in need, helping them to get into wonderful homes. I had adopted my severley broken senior Detective Tinkerton from them back in 2010.

A super cool thing has been created for Muttville by some grad students at the Academy of Arts in San Francisco. For their school project, they chose to create a video about Muttville’s program called  “Seniors for Seniors “. Promoting seniors of the age 62 and older to adopt a senior pet companion!! FABULOUS!!! That makes me smile for sure :) I love that these students chose something close to my heart as well as informative to the public. It’s not only cute and creative, but something that should be out as an advertisement.  Way to go Acadamy of Arts in SF students!!! I hope that this commercial gets some air time on TV!!!!! :)

Check out their video here!




Helping others


Homeless people don’t have a heart. This is what one person said to me a long time ago. Well, I beg to differ! Just because someone is homeless does not make them less caring. I am sure they build up a wall around them from hearing comments by the judgemental types. But all in all, most homeless do care.

My example is what happened in my neighborhood yesterday. One of my neighbors called me stating that a woman and her daughter just captured a lost dog that was running around in the streets near by. I was contacted due to my large stash of extra dog leashes and collars. I brought the goods over to them where they were waiting around the corner from my house. When I got close I noticed it was a woman and her daughter that are homeless that I have seen on occasion in and around our local Safeway. They were thrilled with helping to rescue this frightened little fur ball. I offered to take the dog so they would not have to be bothered with doing the search for the owner task. They insisted on caring for the dog and wanted to help find the dogs owner. I told them to take the dog to the closest Veterinary Clinic to have the dog checked for a microchip. As they went on their way I heard the daughter saying how she wanted to keep the dog.  I had a sinking feeling that they were just going to keep the dog who clearly would be missed by his true owners. And my concern was how are these two going to care for a dog when they clearly were having trouble with caring for themselves?! We did find out they were staying at a shelter. So they were not sleeping on the streets thankfully.

We watched the mom ride away on her mobile cart while her daughter followed by foot next to her, all while holding on tight to the little dog. We wanted to make sure they were heading in the right direction which they did.

I waited for about 30 minutes and called the Veterinary Clinic to make sure they did arrive. They did not and then I got worried. I asked the Vet tech person to call me if they do show up. About 45 minutes later she called me back to say they came in and had the dog checked. No chip. Bummer…………….The vet tech told them to take the dog to the shelter. But they said they would care for the dog and then gave their phone number to the vet tech in case someone comes in looking for the dog.

I posted the photo of the dog on our local Facebook Page “Lost dogs of Santa Cruz”, which has great success in reuniting dogs back with their owners/caregivers. Within a few hours someone posted that the dog was a family members who was in town. The dog had gotten out. With some back and forth posting, calling, etc…. the little dog was reunited back to his rightful owner! YEA!!! I think every town should have a lost pet support page on Facebook! It works!!!!! :)

SO my point of this post is that, here are 2 people who clearly are having a rough patch in life right now, were being selfless and wanted to help out a lost dog! They wanted to do the right thing.   Of course the daughter wanted to keep the dog.  A normal reaction for a kid to want to do that. But in the end, they did the responsible thing by making sure their contact info was available so the dog could go home.

I am going to see what we can do in our community to help these two. Too many people as well as of course animals, fall through the cracks……………………

Hopefully they can get a home of their own soon so they can go get a rescue dog of their own to love! :)

Some insight on what happens in a Puppy Mill.


Are you familiar with what a Puppy mill is? Or you never heard of them? who I volunteer for has posted up on one of their news letters about all what goes on in a Puppy mill.

I won’t post disturbing photos but felt everyone who does not understand what a Puppy Mill is all about, should read this.
I don’t want to offend or lose any of my fans. It’s news that needs to be told. No animal should suffer the hands of any human for profit and greed.

My Oonagh was a survivor of a individual who had her and others in small cages and were using them for breeding. This was not as on a large scale like a Puppy Mill, but was equally as horrible.

Oonagh, who when rescued, had dead puppies inside her like many of other puppy mill breeding dogs. Oonagh, luckily was saved and had the puppies surgically removed. Allot of Puppy Mill dogs are not this lucky to be rescued and end up dying themselves since their puppies might not be removed and become toxic in their bodies. :(

So Please read below what I pulled from Paphaven’s email I received :

Mill Dog Behavior and Problems:

Many mill dogs have learned (through abusive treatment) to not show they are in pain, to not cry out when they are injured and to fight to survive when they are weakened. Dogs are pack animals and when one is injured and cries out – others go on the offensive and will attack. As a matter of survival against man and other dogs, they are forced to not react to horrendous pain. I have taken to listing ‘pain’ as a result of the untreated conditions and needs.

The following are medical issues COMMONLY found in Mill dogs that have been released to rescue:

Female Problems:

Mummified puppies inside of them from not being treated. One was only 3 yrs old and had to be euthanized because the puppies had adhered to her intestines. Dead babies inside of them usually found when spaying unless they are dripping pus and you think Pyometria so you run for the Vet the first day.

Pyometria is an abscessed, pus-filled infected uterus. Toxins and bacteria leak across the uterine walls and into the bloodstream causing life-threatening toxic effects, without treatment death is inevitable. Spayed females obviously cannot get pyometria but it is not uncommon for breeder releases to need immediate, life saving surgery. This is a horrid and painful condition!

Miller done c-sections and they sew the dogs up wrong sometimes catching the intestines in with the skin or use office staples. And then I am sure that some slit open the pregnant dog and leave her to bleed to death and put the pups on another dog.

Prolapsed uterus from delivering way too many litters of babies.

Pregnant mill mama with bladder stones. Luckily her pups were far enough along to save when she had to have bladder surgery. She ended up with a c-section at the same time.

Dental Problems:

Untreated dental disease causing rotting of teeth, broken teeth from trying to get out of enclosure, causing constant horrible mouth pain. Inadequate nutrition esp. w/ females causing the calcium to be withdrawn from their bodies including teeth and eventually jaw structure. Broken and rotting or missing teeth cause constant pain while trying to eat hard food to supplement their bodies’ needs as well as that of nursing puppies.  I have had several come in with the nasal fistulas and rotted teeth, brittle jaw bones, etc. Bones so brittle and so much calcium loss that my Vet would have thought Bone cancer had this not been a mill dog.

Ear problems:

Ear canals are infected, sometimes have ear mites. Chronic infections with old hard material causing constant excruciating pain, sometimes ear canals swell shut, have been known (rarely) to cause need for surgery to open and drain. Ear mites bite causing extreme pain, nausea and vertigo. Dogs howl because of the unrelenting discomfort. They scratch and cause injury to their outer ears trying to get relief. Dogs whose ears were so badly infected that we had to do a total Ear canal removal aka total ablation.

Eye problems:

Eyes covered with thick green mucus due to infection and huge lumps of dried mucus around the eyes. Cherry eyes, prolapsed retina, punctured eyeball, micro-eyes, missing eyes.

Blind from Untreated dry eye which feels like sand in the eyes every single
time a dog blinks his eyes or opens or shuts them. Dogs with corneas so “sanded” that you can’t tell where the cornea ends and the pupil begin as the eye is just all dark.

Eyes that are so damaged that they fall apart and when vets go in to clean up and stitch the eyelids shut; they have to remove the leathery or pussy bits of eyeball.

Foot Problems:

Toenails grown around and into the bottom of the feet. Splayed and red raw feet from walking on wire. Small dogs having to walk on their haunches to keep from falling thru the wire floor of the cages.


Internal parasites and diseases causing constant upset stomach and bowels and diarrhea. Parasites steal the nutrients, whatever they are in the inadequate food, causing other health problems. Dogs HAVE to have a constant rolling and discomfort in their bowels. Parasitic worms actually attach themselves in the bowels and suck blood and nutrients, and discharge waste products. They can have severe anemia from large numbers of either external or internal parasites.

External parasites, fleas, bite and suck blood from the host animal. If overwhelmed with fleas, puppies surely will die, adults sometimes do. Numerous heartworm positive ones we have gotten because they were too cheap to give them the Ivermectin.

Dogs are host to several kinds of mites, small bugs like ear mites which bite constantly and suck blood from their bodies. Cause unrelenting intense pain and itching and scratching, and maggots have been found in the holes which dogs dig in their skin in an attempt to stop the itching from the mites.


Matted (unshaved or unclipped) long haired dogs ESPECIALLY if they get rained on or otherwise wet, winds the fur up in itself, causing hard knots which eventually begins to pull all over the dogs’ bodies and within a year or less starts to pull the hair follicles out of the skin. Unclipped dogs accumulate feces at the rectum, in the fur, and either the feces back up inside the dog causing toxicity, or rip the fur away from the rump, causing pain, bleeding, and secondary infections.

Unshaved dogs in moist or extremely hot venues sometimes have bacterial and fungal infections festering underneath the fur causing swelling, hot spots intense pain and itching which dogs cannot relieve by scratching, exactly like a woman’s vaginal yeast infection, untreated.

Unshaved dogs frequently become immobile because they cannot move to lick and clean themselves, can’t jump, sometimes cannot walk, and the mats can become like tourniquets on their legs, ears, and cut off circulation.

Urine scald and secondary infections to feet and belly area due to the scald. This is from marinating in one’s own waste for years and not getting a bath every.

Missing body parts and broke limbs: Dogs with missing ears, tails, toes, feet, etc. Broken limbs from getting caught in cages

Emotional problems:
They go stir crazy from sitting in a cage, day after day never getting out. They spin in circles in the cage to try to burn energy and have trouble learning to walk a straight line on flat solid ground.
Urinate and sometimes defecate when they are picked up. That may continue for months or years.
So neglected they cower in a corner shaking like a feral animal and when you
look directly at them or make a move toward them they defecate.
Will not eat in front of a human, sometimes not in front of other dogs.
Become unreasonably frightened with a collar and/or leash on, due to either/or being picked up only by the scruff of the neck, or chronic untreated ear and dental pain. They are afraid to be reached for because the millers pick them up by the scruff of the neck.
Terrified of open spaces, cannot be walked outside or tolerate large spaces. Terrified of thunder, lightning, rain or wind, depending on dog.
Mill dogs usually cannot ‘play’ because they take quick movements as threatening. They might sooner (within months) learn to carry around toys, toss them, and pile them up, but hard to play w/ humans because they don’t know what they will ‘do to them’.

Enough said!


no puppy mill sign

Please help spread the word! If someone does not know what a Puppy Mill is then tell them!  Here is what’s on Wikipedia about Puppy Mills:

(Their are many other websites with even more details on the horrors of puppy mills. So please help and don’t buy a dog from a pet store or backyard breeder. Only get pets from your local shelter, pet rescue or a responsible dog/cat breeder.)

Puppy mill

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A puppy mill in the rural United States

A puppy mill, sometimes known as a puppy farm,[1] is a commercial dog breeding facility that is operated with an emphasis upon profits above animal welfare and is often in substandard conditions regarding the well-being of dogs in their care.[2][3] Similar types of operations exist for other animals most commonly kept as pets or used as feed for other animals.

The term can be applied to operations involving other animals commercially bred for profit, e.g. “kitty mills.”[4] There are an estimated 4,000 puppy mills in the U.S. that produce more than half a million puppies a year[citation needed]. Commercial kennels may be licensed by the United States Department of Agriculture and state and local jurisdictions which may inspect the kennels routinely.[5]

For-profit breeding on a smaller scale may be referred to as backyard breeding,[4] although this term has negative connotations and may also refer to unplanned or non-commercial breeding.

Although no standardized legal definition for “puppy mill” exists, a definition was established in Avenson v. Zegart in 1984 as “a dog breeding operation in which the health of the dogs is disregarded in order to maintain a low overhead and maximize profits.”[6] The ASPCA uses a similar definition: “a large-scale commercial dog breeding operation where profit is given priority over the well-being of the dogs.”[7]

Feeling the love!


I am so thrilled that PetcareRX wrote a nice story about me and my Gimpy Pets!! Was such a nice surprise to see and read the post. Brought happy tears to my eyes!! you PetcareRX for the love! :)