What are the signs & symptoms that develop in affected dogs?
Affected dogs may display mild to severe disproportionate dwarfism. Limb shortening with increased angular deformities (e.g., outward turning of the paws), gait abnormalities, a relatively broad face, and an upward-turned nose may be observed.
When do signs and symptoms develop?
Limb deformities become evident at a few months of age. Facial and body deformities may not be recognizable until early adulthood.
How do vets diagnose this condition?
A diagnosis is made based on clinical examination, X-rays, and genetic testing.
How is this condition treated?
There is no recommended treatment for dwarfism. Secondary mobility or arthritic changes may need to be managed.
What actions should I take if my dog is affected?
- This condition itself is not typically regarded as painful, but ramps or stairs may be needed to assist affected dogs.
- Arthritis may occur with this type of dwarfism. Speak with your veterinarian regarding signs of arthritis, pain management, and/or supplement administration, especially in advanced age.