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Enlarged Heart in Great Danes

I Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty ImagesThe Great Dane has a big heart figuratively and literally -- he& 39;s known for his loyalty and social, loving nature, and also for a condition called dilated cardiomyopathy, a heart muscle that& 39;s stretched beyond an efficient size to do its job.CausesThe unfortunate reality regarding this disease is that its cause is largely unknown, according to Pet MD.
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About Deer Chihuahuas

I chihuahua image by carine67 from Fotolia.comWhile the deer Chihuahua is not a separate breed recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC), many breeders do recognize it as a subtype of Chihuahua. A deer head Chihuahua cannot compete in the show ring, but many people desire this dog for its sweet, deer-like face and long, elegant legs.
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The Best Rated Pet Insurance for Dogs

I Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures/Getty ImagesPet insurance not only helps cover unexpected veterinary costs, it removes the need to think about money if your pooch should become sick. In August 2011, an industry report revealed that many policies cost more than they pay out and lists the best-rated policies in terms of coverage and value.
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How Far Away Can a Dog Smell Another Dog in Heat?

Dear Doctor, About 3 months ago, someone dropped off a puppy that we decided to keep. We named her Susie and noticed that she was pretty small but has been getting bigger and bigger as I have been feeding her. I have since figured out she got bigger and bigger because she is pregnant. She had a litter of 6 adorable puppies yesterday.
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Can a Cat With Its Front Paws Declawed Still Protect Itself?

I Photodisc/Photodisc/Getty ImagesDeclawing surgery in cats is a polarizing subject. On the other hand, some believe that declawing the front claws leaves cats feeling defenseless, lost and perhaps even nervous and aggressive.Front ClawsWhen it comes to declawing surgery, owners may choose to declaw all four paws or just the front pair.
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What Is the Life Expectancy of a Shih Tzu Dog?

I shit-tzu... image by sophie roussel-loriot from Fotolia.comYour & 34;lion dog,& 34; so properly named, is sweet, playful and courageous -- she& 39;s a watchdog by nature. Excellent care may increase her life expectancy beyond the shih tzu& 39;s projected 15 years.Life ExpectancyUsually small dogs will outlive larger dogs.
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