Shelby Mayo of Phoenix, Arizona, knew her tiny German shepherd puppy was the runt of the litter when she picked him up, but she had no idea his diminutive stature was a little more serious than that. She assumed he had a typical health issue, like as parasites, and took him to the veterinarian for treatment.
During his examination, it was determined that Ranger, the cute little dog she named, had giardia, a throat infection, and a dangerous ailment called “pituitary dwarfism,” which would force him to remain small indefinitely.
Pituitary dwarfism is linked to a lack of growth hormone, according to vetsite.org. Shepherd dogs are affected with a recessive hereditary disease. Pituitary dwarfism can cause a variety of health issues in dogs, and they will need lifelong medical treatment to manage their condition. Levo-thyroxine, a medicine, can help them live longer and have a better quality of life. A dog with dwarfism normally lives for about 5 years.
Ranger’s situation became more complicated once he was neutered. Mayo claims that
“After a few more months, we had him neutered, and that’s when we saw huge improvements,” she continued. “He lost his appetite, began to lose weight, virtually all of his fur fell out, and his skin became exceedingly dry and flaky.”
Fortunately for Ranger, his mother sees to it that he receives the medical attention he requires. One of his 68,000 Instagram fans also sent him a special shampoo to help him with his dry skin, which he appreciated.