8-Year-Old Chihuahua Finds Forever Home Following Life-Saving Surgery
Maya, an adorable 8-year-old Chihuahua, came to the Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) in early October as an owner surrender. Like many animals who come to ARL, she was shy and fearful of strangers and other dogs.
Additionally, Maya had underlying medical issues – including a mammary mass (which was benign), and an extraordinarily large bladder stone that, if gone untreated, could’ve been life-threatening.
Bladder stones are a build-up of minerals and other materials and common symptoms include:
- Urinary accidents
- Frequents attempts to urinate without success
- Straining to urinate
- Discolored or bloody urine
Maya was showing classic symptoms of bladder stones, and ARL Shelter Medicine staff were shocked at the size of the stone which was clearly seen in her x-rays. While antibiotics and a therapeutic diet are sometimes used to help dissolve the stone over time, a surgical approach was necessary in Maya’s case.
The 10-pound sweetheart made it through surgery with flying colors, recovered quickly and was soon made available for adoption.
It took longer than expected given her cuteness factor, but 26 days after Maya’s surgery, she found her perfect match!
As we get into the heart of the holiday season, Maya has found her Home for the Holidays, and this is a gift we wish we could give every animal at ARL’s Animal Care and Adoption Centers this holiday season.
Ready to Adopt?
If adding a furry member to your family is on your to-do list for the holidays, stop into ARL’s Animal Care and Adoption Centers — located in Boston, Dedham, and Brewster to speak with an Animal Care Associate. With ARL’s Adoption Forward philosophy, the conversation-based, application-free process aims to match you with the perfect animal to suit your lifestyle and your family. Visit us today!