Every pet owner would agree that there’s a point in which we stare at our puppies, hoping they will be stuck in their forever cute stage. Well, this dog owner discovered that her pup wasn’t going to grow in size.
Her adorable German Shepherd will always look like a puppy, and his age is stuck in puppy-hood forever.
Meet Ranger, he is a fully grown canine, and despite his age, he still looks like a pup. The reason is a rare condition called Pituitary Dwarfism. It happens when the pituitary gland does not make enough growth hormone, and in this case, it slowed the pup’s growth and left him in small stature.
Mayo Shelby, Ranger’s mom, explained: “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.”
But it was only after he recovered from the sickness that they noticed something different about him. They expected him to grow faster while he actually stopped growing. At the vet’s clinic, it was confirmed that Ranger has a rare condition.
Yes, Ranger will always look adorable, but unfortunately, he has to face side effects that cause health issues, including flaky skin and shedding fur.
Ranger’s owners went above and beyond to make sure he recovers, and happily, he has made a full recovery with the help of compassionate netizens too. Although his condition slowed his growth, it didn’t hold him back from being happy and have a bountiful life.