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A New Addition

We just got a new addition to our family!  A chihuahua/min pin mix from a shelter in California.  Her name is Malibu "Boo", and she is wonderful!!  Photo coming soon!!
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Chiari Malformation and Syringomyelia - Overview

Overview | Symptoms | Treatment | Management Syringomyelia (SM) is a rare disorder that causes a cyst to form in the spinal cord. This cyst, called a syrinx, gets bigger and longer over time, destroying part of the spinal cord. Syringomyelia usually results from a skull abnormality called a Chiari I Malformation, also known as Chiari Malformation (CM), Chiari-like Malformation (CLM) and Caudal Occipital Malformation Syndrome (COMS). This disorder is characterized by an abnormal placement...
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Chiari Malformation and Syringomyelia - Symptoms

Overview | Symptoms | Treatment | Management The symptoms associated with Chiari I Malformation, (also known as Chiari Malformation (CM), Chiari-like Malformation (CLM) and Caudal Occipital Malformation Syndrome (COMS)), and Syringomyelia (SM) present in various combinations and degrees for individual dogs affected by these diseases. Dogs affected by CM/SM do not typically receive veterinary care after owners see signs of these diseases - Rusbridge et al. report an average lapse of 1.6 years between the...
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Chiari Malformation and Syringomyelia - Treatment

Overview | Symptoms | Treatment | Management Standardized medical treatment guidelines currently do not exist for patients diagnosed with Chiari I Malformation, (also known as Chiari Malformation (CM), Chiari-like Malformation (CLM) and Caudal Occipital Malformation Syndrome (COMS)), and Syringomyelia (SM). Furthermore, the high variability in age, symptom severity and disease progression in dogs affected by CM/SM often leads to individualized treatment plans. For all cases in which individuals suffer from a decreased quality of life...
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Chiari Malformation and Syringomyelia - Management

Overview | Symptoms | Treatment | Management Dogs with  Chiari I Malformation, (also known as Chiari Malformation (CM), Chiari-like Malformation (CLM) and Caudal Occipital Malformation Syndrome (COMS)), and Syringomyelia (SM) require special care. Therapies such as ultrasound, laser and acupuncture are suggested to be beneficial alternative or additional treatments, while small lifestyle changes that reduce strain on the necks of CM/SM affected dogs have been highly recommended.   Lifestyle Products Elevated Feeders: Raising the height...
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Mitral Valve Dysplasia - Overview

Overview | Symptoms | Treatment | Management Mitral Valve Dysplasia (MVD) is also known as Mitral Valve Disease, Mitral Valve Disorder, Mitral Valve Malformation, Mitral Dysplasia, Mitral Systolic Murmur, Cardiac Valve Disease (CVD), Endocardiosis, Atrioventricular Valve Endocardiosis, Chronic Degenerative Valvular Disease, Chronic Valvular Disease, Chronic Mitral Valve Insufficiency, Myxomatous Atrioventricular Degeneration, Chronic Valvular Fibrosis, Acquired Mitral Regurgitation or Insufficiency, and Mitral Valve Defect. Mitral Valve Dysplasia is a condition in which a defect in the...
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Mitral Valve Disease - Symptoms

Overview | Symptoms | Treatment | Management The symptoms of Mitral Valve Dysplasia (MVD) vary depending on the stage of the disease. Four stages of MVD have been described: Stage A identifies patients at high risk for developing heart disease but that currently have no identifiable structural disorder of the heart (e.g. breeds that are genetically predisposed to MVD; see Overview for the list) Stage B identifies patients with structural heart disease (e.g., the typical...
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Mitral Valve Dysplasia - Treatment

Overview | Symptoms | Treatment | Management Dogs affected with Mitral Valve Dysplasia (MVD) may opt for expensive and risky heart surgery. It is possible to replace the defective mitral valve; surgical replacement of heart valves is both costly and requires that the dog's renal system and other vital organs be in ideal condition. For those that do opt for open heart surgery, if the dog survives surgery, they may be essentially cured of the...
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Mitral Valve Disease - Management

Overview | Symptoms | Treatment | Management Dogs affected with Mitral Valve Dysplasia (MVD) require special care. Attention to dental care, diet and exercise that reduce strain on the hearts and vital organs of of MVD affected dogs have been highly recommended.   Dental Care Studies have shown that the incidence of heart-valve pathology rises in dogs with concurrent dental disease. Bacteria residing in the mouth enter the bloodstream and settle on the heart valves,...
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Buttercup the chihuahua saves family from house fire

Maryflynn Thomas of New Orleans never thought that her dog would save her life, but that's what happened just before Christmas when her Chihuahua Buttercup ran into her room. Thomas recounts, "I'm sleeping away and this little 7-pound girl little girl kept ramming and slamming her whole body into my face over and over and over again," Thomas said. Her home was quickly filled with smoked, trapping Thomas, Buttercup and Lola, her Boston terrier, inside....
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Special chihuahua helps diabetic guardian

Sugar, a five year old purebred Chihuahua, didn’t make a great first impression on Tony Rouhotas Sr., when she was brought home by his wife to their Brawley, California home. The retired police officer thought, "medium-sized rat". But Sugar quickly changed Rouhotas’ impression when the little dog saved his life, twice. Rhouhotas is diabetic, so if his blood sugars drop too low it can be life-threatening. Sugar, who has been professionally trained, can detect the...
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Chihuahua sings in duet

Tio sings with his "mama". What a sweet pair!
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Doberman and chihuahua BFFs

This dobie is so sweet with his chihuahua buddy!
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Young woman saves her dog from fox attack

Vicky Reeves came to the resuce of her Chihuahua when a fox attacked the little dog in the back garden of her home in Laindon, Essex. The two-year-old dog, named Lexi, was out in the yard when Vicky heard screams and ran out to see what was happening. A fox had jumped over her fence and had its jaws around Lexi's neck. "It was horrific," the 29-year-old mother of three said. "The fox had got...
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Animal Control officer loses job to ensure shelter dog stays alive

Bryan Jones worked as an animal control officer for 14 years in Joliet Township, but he was fired last week for refusing to return a dog he took home with him, after he feared the dog would be put down. The tussle between Jones and his former employers began when Jones refused to return a long-haired chihuahua to the shelter. On Feb. 27, Jones said he noticed the dog had a caution: I may bite...
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Chihuauha saves his mate from drowning

  When the Schrader family took their two Chihuahuas out for a beach excursion in January little did they know at the time that one would save the other from drowning. Steve Shrader and his 15-year-old son, Steven, went to Dauphin Island, Alabama, with 3-year-old Saban and pregnant, 4-year-old Zoey. "The dogs love to play fetch and they took them to the beach to run and play," said Shrader’s wife, Billie. "My husband found a...
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Chihuahua takes an acrobatic pee

Chester the chihuahua does an amazing handstand routine while taking a long bathroom break. 
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Toy poodle joins other small dogs as part of Japanese police force

Toy poodle, Mochi, is joining the police in Japan's Kyoto Prefecture. The four-year-old dog joins a growing number of small dogs that are part of Japanese police departments across the country.  Mochi passed his police dog exam last month and is the third toy poodle to join the police force, and the first to be enlisted as a sniffer dog. He had been trained to sniff out drugs and explosives and will be on call...
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Sweet Chihuahua does the most adorable thing to make his baby human happy (VIDEO)

Sharing is caring!!! This little Chihuahua is a rescue dog, who was covered in ticks and very thin when he was rescued (now his owner says that he's a little overweight!). The mother wasn't sure if there would be jealousy issues between the dog and her new baby son, but she soon discovered the dog was very friendly, affectionate and gentle. In the video, after the dog drops his cookie near the baby she tells...
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Three dogs and a bag of cookies

Cookie monster wannabes! Ramsey the Doberman, Pablo the Chihuahua and Suvi the Pit Bull stare down a bag of cookies. 
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Parrot and Chihuahua have tug-a-war over yogurt

Eat your yogurt (or someone else will)!
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Chihuahua warns stuffed toy to keep away

Tommy doesn't like the way Lulu is eyeing his new bone. "This bone ain't big enough for the both of us".
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Alaskan Malamute plays with puppy friends (VIDEO)

What's a big Alaskan Malamute in a dog park to do when he can't find any playmates his size? If you are Munson, you make friends with a pug puppy, chihuahua and Australian bulldog puppy and play, play, play. Of course being bigger does has some advantages...  
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Chihuahua to become smallest dog in the world to get bionic implant

A Chihuahua named Peggy Leg, who is missing her hind foot, will soon be fitted with an innovative titanium foot thanks to researchers at North Carolina State University. Peggy was born with the malformity and was rescued by Enchantment Chihuahua Rescue. The group contacted several universities to see if the puppy could get a prosthetic to save her leg from having to be amputated.  That's when North Carolina State University said they were looking for...
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Puppy thinks blowing air is water

When the temperatures hit 96 degrees out, it was time for this Chihuaha to dive in to the cool air and go for a "swim".   
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Chihuahua trapped in hot minivan saved after man breaks window

Temperatures in Palm Springs had soared to 105 degrees when Michael Olah, who was shopping in Walmart, heard the pager system announce that a dog was trapped inside a parked minivan. The Palm Springs resident got upset and decided to act. "I grumbled under my breath a bit because it's damn hot outside and has to be roasting inside that van," he said. A group of people surrounded the van as Michael used a tool to shatter...
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Inbred dog taken from backyard breeder adopted by woman who rescued her

A shockingly disfigured Chihuahua name Rosie was rescued from a backyard breeder on June 20th, 2012. Her rescuer, Cinnamon Muhlbauer, fell in love with the neglected dog and decided to adopt Rosie. Cinnamon says that given her history, she deserved a lifetime of love and adoration. Rosie's Facebook fan page tells the following story: Rosie was liberated from a Woodland Hills, CA backyard breeder/hoarder on June 20, 2012. Rosie was born on Valentine’s Day 2010...
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Chihuahua helps find girls lost in the woods

A Chihuahua is being credited with finding three young girls who became lost in the woods for hours in Newnan, Georgia. On Monday, sisters Carlie, 8, and Lacey, 5, and their friend Victoria, were out walking on the trails at the end of a cul-de-sac in their neighborhood when they became lost.  "We tried to find our way out of the woods," Carlie told CBS Atlanta News. "We kept following paths and stuff and we...
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Chihuahua puppy born with disability is an inspiration

A Chihuahua named BeeBee was born July 4 with an abnormality to her front legs, making it difficult for her to walk. Born without any shoulder blades, she cannot put any weight on her legs or straighten them out. She was also vulnerable to being bullied by her siblings. Her guardian, Denise Steininger told USA Today, "She got beat up a lot by her brothers and sister." It got so bad, Denise figured it might be best...
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