Love is not forgotten in this permanently small doggie.
The two-year-old Ranger, a thoroughbred German Shepherd, is not a puppy. His low stature is due to pituitary dwarfism, a genetic disease that occurs in certain breeds of dogs, including German Shepherds, Corgis and Basset Hounds when she found the pet puppy. But she did not know that he would stay so small forever.
"When we first got Ranger from the breeder, he was smaller than all of his other littermates, but we thought that was because he had a parasite," Mayo South Wales News Service said.
She treated Ranger for the parasite, but later found that he had an additional parasite, Giardia, and an "infection" on the neck, and Mayo took him to the vet for treatment. Then she found out how special her sick dog was.
"During this time, Ranger remained very small," says Mayo, "[And] the veterinarian had suspected that he might have pituitary dwarfism."
Time Ranger still did not get much bigger, "says Mayo, who was finally convinced that he suffers from the recessive genetic disorder, which means that both parents must be carriers of the mutation, even if they do not have them themselves ,
Unfortunately, the health of the poor ranger soon worsened.
"After a few more months, he was neutered and at that point we noticed big changes," says Mayo. "He lost his appetite, started to lose weight, lost almost all of his coat, and had extremely dry and flaky skin."
On Rangers Instagram page, which includes nearly 66,000 followers, fans had warned its watchdogs that dogs with dwarfism were prone to many health problems, some helping the pathetic puppy.
"One of our followers, Guardians Farm, a small company that makes handmade soaps. [and] lotions. , , sent us goat's milk soap, which ultimately helped Rangers skin tremendously, "says Mayo, who's prone to hypothyroidism.
A visit to the doctor confirmed that Rangers thyroid hormones were low, resulting in a loss of coat and appetite. The coat grew back and the dryness disappeared, "says Mayo.
Ranger will need a lot of care throughout his life. According to veterinary researchers from the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands, German shepherds with the rare disease are susceptible to various developmental problems, behavioral problems, a weakened immune system and a shortened life of usually not more than five years. At the moment Mayo says that Ranger loves life: " He is as healthy and happy as possible and loves to jump around and play with his ball and his squeaky toys with his two sisters Hazel and Jessie. "