This permanent size pin is not short on love.
The two-year-old Ranger, a thoroughbred German Shepherd dog, is not a puppy. Its small growth is due to the pituitary jujufism, a genetic condition that occurs in some breeds of dog, including German Shepherds, Corgis and Basset Hounds.
Phoenix owner Shelby Mayo-based Ranger knew she had chosen the edge of the stretcher when she found the little puppy. But she did not know that he would remain so small forever.
"When we first got Ranger from the breeder, he was smaller than all his other carriers, but we figured it was because he had a parasite," said Mayo.
She treated the Ranger for the parasite, but later he realized there was an additional parasite, a giardia, plus an "infection" of his neck, so Mayo took him to the vet for treatment. Then she realized how special her sick dog was.
"During this time, the Ranger remained very small," says Mayo, "[And] the vet suspected there might be pituitary dwarfs."
"Over time, the Ranger hasn't gotten much bigger yet," says Mayo, who was eventually convinced that he had a recessive genetic disorder, which meant that both parents should be carriers of the mutation, even
Unfortunately, Ranger's poor health soon went from bad to bad.
"After a few months, we neutered him, and then we started to see big changes," says Mayo. "He lost his appetite, started to lose weight, lost almost all his hair and had extremely dry and flaky skin. "
On a Ranger Instagram page boasting nearly 66,000 followers, fans had warned his guards that dogs with dwarfs
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Dwarf pets relatives German Shepherds advised the Mayo family to stay on top of their thyroid gland levels species tend to suffer from hypothyroidism.
Certainly, a visit to the doctor confirmed that the thyroid hormones of Ranger were low, causing his hair loss and appetite.
"After receiving a levothyroxine ranger and using [the] soap, his coat grew back and his dryness went away, Mayo says.
The Ranger will need a lot of care throughout his life. According to veterinary researchers at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands, German shepherds with rare disorders are prone to various developmental disabilities, behavioral problems, compromised immune systems and a shortened life span, usually not more than five years, although some have beaten the odds by reaching twice that age.
For now, Mayo says that Ranger loves life: "He is as healthy and happy as he can be now, and he loves to jump around and play with his ball and squeak toys with his two sisters Hazel and Jesse. "