Recently there were reports on the internet about a dog named Quasimodo who was suffering from a rare problem known as Short Spine Syndrome.
Quasimodo is a 4-year-old German Shepherd, who was rescued in Kentucky where it was found stray. He was taken to an animal rescue society known as Secondhand Hounds. Here he underwent a body-surgery and is now doing happily in his day to day life without the requirement of further surgeries.
With all the love and affection that this disabled dog received on the internet, he captured the mind of many a researchers who are devising new methods to combat the illness.
What Is Short Spine Syndrome?
Short Spine Syndrome is a hereditary disorder which is mostly found in hound dog breeds. This disorder is characterized by an extreme shortening of vertebral columns or spinal column.
The vertebrae of the dog are compressed due to which there is a reduction in the spines. While this happens, the vertebrae are said to stay in a cartilage form and do not consolidate to become bones, contrary to the other normal dogs.
In some cases, the vertebrae are even joined together which results in the spines being less flexible. In this case, the neck of the affected dog appears missing while the head could be viewed directly joined with the spines. While the neck is found missing, the dogs are unable to turn their head and to look back or sideways, they have to turn their entire body.
Their back too, appears inclined which provides them a haunch-back appearance. The tail of such dogs is also affected and could appear twisted and lesser in size than the normal dog tail.
Also, in some cases, the dogs could appear having a deficiency of ribs. Due to this, they could have vertebral body instability, compressed disc cords and nerve roots and herniated discs. All these conditions could affect the normal functioning of the body of dogs.
In short, the dog with Short Spine Syndromes could be synonymies with the paralyzed dogs, but with a much more efficiency in walking.
If your dog too experiences such kinds of body disabilities, it is not meant to be left astray. Instead, it requires all the love and affection to lead a normal life as the other dogs do.
Vets suggest that dogs with Short Spine Syndrome could have a difficulty in the day to day life activities of it but the life span of the dog is not at all affected by the disease.
Dr. Steve J. Mehler, who is a staff surgeon at Chief Veterinary Specialists in Malvern, Pennsylvania, says that dogs with such syndromes could lead a normal life with a regular life-span. They could require a vertebral body stabilization procedure which could also include the removal of unwanted tail.
Just as Quasimodo is able to achieve a normal life, your beloved pet could also do the same with your support. Short Spine Syndrome does not mean a full-stop on the life of a dog but a new beginning for it.