This 2-Year-Old German Shepherd With Dwarfism is Internets New Sweetheart

Meet the internet’s new sweetheart, A german shepherd with dwarfism. Mother nature chose to play a prank and made a regularly pretty large dog, a German Shepherd, to keep looking like an adorable little puppy for as long as he lives. But, it had to come with a price to pay. But don’t worry, this story comes with a happy ending!

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This is Ranger

Ranger is a completely grown 2-year-old German Shepherd who despite his age is stuck in puppy-hood forever. This is due to a rare condition he has – Pituitary Dwarfism. He was diagnosed with Dwarfism after an infection caused by a parasite called Giardia.

A 2-year-old German Shepherd with a rare condition that has him stay in puppy-hood forever

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Ranger’s owner Shelby Mayo took to explaining his condition:

“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.”

He was diagnosed with Pituitary Dwarfism after having an infection

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After he got well from the sickness, his owners saw there might be something wrong, as he wasn’t growing at the rate he was supposed to grow anymore. It took a journey to the vet for them to find out Ranger’s unique condition.

But despite the health issues that followed his diagnosis

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Even though his form has him stuck in this ever cute stage, there are some side effects that come with his condition. Due to that, he had such health issues as shedding fur and flaky skin. It is all caused by a disturbance in the endocrine system called Hypothyroidism that causes the thyroid gland to not make enough thyroid hormone.

Ranger is now a very cute, fully healthy and happy doggo!

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His loving owners and shocked online fans made sure he got the right treatment and has now made a complete recovery. Ranger has never let any of it get him down and is generally a happy and healthy doggo that enjoys his time with his doggo friends and siblings!

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