This pint-sized perennial dog is not without love.
Two year old ranger, purebred german shepherd, not a puppy. Its small growth is due to the dwarfism of the pituitary gland, a genetic condition that manifests itself in certain dog breeds, including German shepherd dogs, corgi and basset hounds.
Shelby Mayo, the owner of the ranger, based in Phoenix, knew that she had chosen a small litter when she found a little puppy. But she did not know that he would remain so small forever.
“When we initially got Ranger from the breeder, he was smaller than all his other littermates, but we decided it was because he had a parasite,” Mayo told the South Wales News Service.
She treated the Ranger for the parasite, but later found out that he had another parasite, giardia and an “infection” on his neck, so Mayo took him to the vet for treatment. It was then that she found out how special her sick dog was.
“During this time, the Ranger remained very small,” Mayo says, “[And] the veterinarian suspected that he might have a dwarf pituitary gland. ”
“Over time, the Ranger still did not get much bigger,” says Mayo, who was eventually convinced that he had a recessive genetic disease, that is, both parents must be carriers of the mutation, even if they themselves do not show it.
Unfortunately, poor Ranger's health soon deteriorated.
“After a few months, we castrated him, and it was then that we began to see big changes,” Mayo says. "He lost his appetite, began to lose weight, lost almost all of his fur and had extremely dry and flaky skin."
On an Instagram page of the Ranger, which boasts nearly 66,000 followers, fans warned his guardians that dwarf dogs are prone to many health problems, and some of them intervene to help a pathetic puppy.
“One of our followers, Guardians Farm, is a small company that makes handmade soaps. [and] lotions,, sent us goat milk soap, which ultimately helped the ranger’s skin, ”says Mayo.
The parents of the pets – dwarf German shepherds – advised the Mayo family to stay on the upper steps of the ranger's thyroid gland, since their appearance, as a rule, suffers from hypothyroidism.
Of course, a visit to the doctor confirmed that the Ranger's thyroid hormones were low, leading to loss of fur and appetite.
"After receiving Ranger on Levothyroxine and use [the] the soap, its fur has grown, and the dryness has disappeared, ”Mayo says.
The 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 a rare disease are susceptible to various developmental disorders, behavioral problems, impaired immune systems and shortened life expectancies, usually no more than five years, although some of them reportedly beat the odds, reaching twice this age.
At the moment, Mayo says that the Ranger loves life: “He is healthy and happy, as he can be now, and loves to jump and play with his ball and creaky toys with his two sisters Hazel and Jesse.”