Her Breeder Didn’t Want Her But She Got Rescued and Beat the Odds

When breeders are faced with a problematic puppy they have a
standard solution. Buyers don’t pay top dollar for
“defective” pure breeds so breeders get rid of imperfect
puppies. This usually means that they are euthanized. When a
Neapolitan Mastiff puppy named Willow was born with Swimmer’s
Syndrome her breeder considered her a problem that needed a
solution.

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What is Swimmer’s Syndrome?

Swimmer’s Syndrome, also known as flat pup and turtle pup
syndrome, is a rare congenital condition that afflicts newborn dog
and cats. Puppies born with it are unable to walk or even stand.
Their chest is flat and their legs splay out making mobility
extremely difficult. The only way they can get from place to place
is to drag themselves using their limbs like flippers.

Unfortunately, it is often recommended that puppies be
euthanized when born with this condition. For a breeder, that is
often the decision of choice. Willow’s breeder took a shot on
social media first to see if anyone
wanted to take her in
. Thank goodness for that outreach as it
eventually led to her rescue.

Saving Willow

The post went viral and was seen by Jennifer Williams, President
of 2nd Chances Rescue in
Norco, CA
. She immediately knew that she wanted to rescue
Willow and sprang into action to make it happen. Willow’s
condition was dire. Her lack of mobility interfered with her
ability to get food and water. Jennifer knew if she didn’t act
fast, Willow may perish.

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Fortunately Jennifer had a connection with an animal acuscope
therapist named Gina. Acuscope therapy delivers targeted
micro-current stimulation to tissues to encourage healing, increase
range of motion, and decrease pain. The acuscope has been proven to
be highly beneficial to living tissues in gently helping
nerve and muscle fibers return
to normal conduction of
electrical impulses. In other words, this therapy can help nerve
and muscle tissues heal themselves.

Within two days of treatment, Willow took her first steps! She
continued to make gains while undergoing various therapies. Her
chest had to be wrapped and her legs had to be tied into the
correct position. She underwent hydrotherapy and continued acuscope
therapy. After a few months, Willow was walking, running, and
swimming like a champ!


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Therapy Has Excellent Outcomes with Swimmer’s Syndrome

Swimmer’s Syndrome is an unfortunate diagnosis but it is not a
foregone conclusion that these animals are doomed to immobility. A
study
published by the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association

focused on the case of a miniature schnauzer born with Swimmer’s
Syndrome. He was adopted by the author of the study who provided
massage and physical therapy at home under the guidance of a
medical team. That little fighter achieved complete recovery and
was still living a normal, happy life ten years later.

Focused physiotherapy is very successful in returning these pups
to completely normal mobility. Thank goodness Willow’s breeder
took the time to reach out into the world and the call was received
by the caring and capable people of 2nd Chances Rescue.

Willow continued to do great and grew into an 80 pound beauty
full of love and life!

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Her Breeder Didn’t Want Her But She Got Rescued and Beat the Odds