Tag Archives: chihuahua

Chihuahuas to Great Dane: The Medical Impact of Dog Size

Chihuahua with a veterinarian and a great dane with a veterinary assistant

The dog is the first animal domesticated by humans, and we have done a brilliant job creating a variety of dog breeds to meet our needs. Selective breeding, which began roughly 9,000 years ago and expanded dramatically during the Victorian era, has resulted in dogs specialized for herding, hunting, retrieving, ratting and companionship. We also created a single species ranging in size from two to 200 pounds. While veterinarians love the variety of dogs we care for, the challenge for us is to understand all the variations that make up normal dogs in order to provide excellent veterinary care. Here are a few of the issues in medical care for species with a 100x range in size.

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Are mixed breed dogs healthier than purebred dogs?

French Bulldog

Veterinarians hear the question all the time: are mixed breed dogs healthier than purebred dogs? And of course, it is our business to know. Because there is much contradictory, and unreferenced, information on the internet, I’m going to offer my stance backed by peer-reviewed research in this blogpost. I would argue that neither group is

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A Busy Night in the ER: Pet Toxicities

Every morning around 5am, the veterinary staff at The Animal Medical Center receives an email listing the cases admitted to the hospital overnight. I found last Sunday’s list particularly intriguing. Four dogs were admitted to the hospital suffering from ingestion of a variety of toxic agents. All four dogs ultimately recovered, but there are some

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Blueberry: An AMC Living Legend

x-ray with hook inside throat

Blueberry, a 2 year old fawn and white Chihuahua, was rushed to The Animal Medical Center one night after having what his family thought might be a seizure. When he arrived at The AMC and was under observation by the ER staff, Blueberry had another terrible episode of pain which appeared to be originating from

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Small Dog Safety

I was recently at the Pet Socialite “Home, Garden and Safety” Pet Product Media Showcase, organized by my friend Charlotte Reed. Everyone was enjoying themselves speaking with vendors about the advances in fun new products for pets. Our enjoyment abruptly stopped when the shrieking of a three-month-old Chihuahua puppy pierced the air. I got called

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