We all secretly hope our pets could stay little and fat indefinitely, but puppyhood doesn’t last very long. In just a few months, most dogs mature from charming, goofy puppies to fully grown, beautiful adults.
Ranger, on the other hand, is not one of them! For the rest of his life, this particular puppy will remain little.
Pituitary Dwarfism is a rare ailment that affects the fully developed, almost 3-year-old purebred German Shepherd. He will always be a puppy, regardless of his age.
Ranger is adorable, but his condition has some negative consequences. Certain breeds, such as German Shepherds, are prone to pituitary dwarfism.
Ranger’s owner said in an interview with SWNS that he believes Ranger’s ailment is due to his parents’ genetics.
Ranger’s human, Shelby Mayo, explains, “When we originally got Ranger from the breeder, he was smaller than all his other littermates, but we figured that was because he had a parasite called Coccidia.”
“In the weeks following, we took him home and he was parasite free but later on ended up getting a parasite called Giardia.”
“At the same time, we also discovered that Ranger had a large infection on his neck. We were eventually able to get the infection under control, fast forward a few months later we were finally able to get rid of Giardia.”
Ranger healed from his original health problems, but his humans observed that he wasn’t developing as fast as he should have been.
They took him back to the vet, who diagnosed him with Pituitary Dwarfism.
How does Ranger manage with his disease?
The disease is usually associated with hypothyroidism, a thyroid ailment in which the thyroid gland does not generate enough hormones.
Ranger developed flaky skin and hair loss as a result of this, but he is now receiving medicine to treat his problem.