Ranger is a small German Shepherd stuck in puppyhood for life. The two-year-old pooch is afflicted with the disease called pituitary dwarfism, thus, he continues to have puppy-like features as he grows older.
German Shepherds are predisposed to pituitary dwarfism, however, it is a rare condition. Unfortunately, Ranger developed dwarfism after he contracted a parasite called Giardia. Shelby Mayo, Ranger’s guardian, shared that they also found an infection on his neck.
After Ranger recovered from the infection, his owners noticed that his body wasn’t growing at the same rate as a normal German Shepherd. When they took Ranger to the vet, he was diagnosed with dwarfism.
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The condition came with many side-effects that made life a bit tougher for Ranger. The pup started to lose appetite and weight. He suffered from fur-shedding and developed dry and flaky skin due to hypothyroidism.
Despite the challenges he was facing, the small GSD was able to go on with the help of his owners’ unconditional love and the wave of online supporters. They were able to provide all the necessary treatments he needed. The vet gave Ranger a medication to treat thyroid hormone deficiency and a goat’s milk soap to relieve his dry skin and grow his fur.
Dwarfism didn’t hinder Ranger from being a happy-go-lucky and fun-loving pup. The dog loves spending his time bonding and playing with his family and two sisters, Hazel and Jessie. He enjoys his fame and adoration he receives from his followers on social media. Many people fell for the cute pup when he was filmed performing his ‘signature’ head tilt while playing with his sisters.