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Scruffles

APA-A-127960

Looks Like
Shih Tzu

Sex
Male

Current Weight
12 lbs

Estimated Age
3 Years
4 Months

Location
Foster

Adoption Fee
$175
Looks Like
Shih Tzu
Sex
Male
Current Weight
12 lbs
Estimated Age
3 Years
4 Months
Location
Foster
Adoption Fee
$175

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Scruffles came to APA! with partial paralysis (paresis), which we suspect is from a condition called IVDD which is a common source of back pain in dogs, especially in older dogs but also in younger dogs of predisposed breeds. The severity and type of disc injury can vary widely, ranging from mild discomfort to paralysis or trauma. IVDD is not uncommon in little dogs. Scruffles is not showing any signs of pain and loves to get around using his front two legs.

He is a sweet little dude. Only three years old. If you are looking for a Shih Tzu to love... look no further.

Scruffles loves life and does well getting around the world. He loves car rides and going everywhere with his person, loves other dogs and his chew toys and is still young and spunky. He may need meds for life and certain ones for flare-ups. However, it does not impact his quality of life.
Come meet your new best friend

Requirements

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Please plan on allowing adequate time to be matched with a dog, have relevant consultations, and complete all necessary paperwork. This can take 1-2 hours in total.

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Fill out our adoption application and meet with an adoption counselor.

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You must be at least 18 years of age.

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You must show a picture ID with a current address. If this isn't available, we will accept a picture ID with a current utility bill.

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An APA!-conducted meet-and-greet with current household dogs is recommended for most and required for some adult dogs.

Our adoption fee varies per dog depending on age, breed, and/or medical condition(s). This fee includes:

Spay or neuter surgery (Please note that an additional $100 refundable deposit is required for all dogs who are not yet spayed or neutered.)

Heartworm test on dogs 6 months and older

Current vaccinations

Deworming treatment

Microchip

Lifetime behavior support

Accepted forms of payment include cash, debit or credit card, or money order payable to Austin Pets Alive!.

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