I typically post new stories from a long editorial calendar, but once in a while a great story comes into your life that can’t wait for a vacant slot. Peaches and The Mia Foundation is one of those stories.
A while ago a pet mom named Joy wrote to me asking for information about taking care of her two-month old severely disabled puppy. Peaches was born healthy, but she soon developed weakness in her hind legs that left her flat on her belly with her hind legs splayed.
Swimmer Puppy Syndrome
I knew from the symptoms that Peaches suffered from Swimmer Puppy Syndrome. Puppies with the syndrome has a very distinct look. They hold their limbs out to the side like a turtle. Dogs paddle their limbs to move around. It looks like they are swimming.
Puppies with the syndrome have weak adductor muscles which are responsible for pulling their legs together. The condition can affect the front limbs, hind legs, or all four. The cause of Swimmer Puppy Syndrome isn’t known, but certain breeds are more predisposed. Dachshunds, Yorkshire terriers, West Highland White terriers, English Cocker spaniels, Basset hounds, Pekinese, Cavalier King Charles spaniels, along with French and English bulldogs are prone.
With treatment, most puppies can recover from the condition. Without treatment puppies can suffer from complications like: respiratory problems, difficulty swallowing, aspiration, joint deformities, poor circulation and even death.
The Mia Foundation
I explained the syndrome to Joy, but then I decided to do an Internet search to see if there were any new resources. That’s when I came across a video of a puppy named Mick. Like Peaches, Mick was born with Swimmer Puppy Syndrome.
But this little puppy got help from The Mia Foundation. It’s a nonprofit group that gets treatment for puppies and kittens born with birth defects. Then they find them new homes. The organization got its start in honor of a tiny Chihuahua named Mia who was scheduled to be euthanized due to a cleft palate. The Mia Foundation stepped in to save her.
Did you know that nearly 90% of the pets born with deformities are euthanized? It’s sad, but true. The Mia Foundation tries hard to end that statistic by saving young disabled animals all over the world.
I shared this information with Joy and she immediately contacted the organization for Peaches. I hadn’t heard from Joy in a while, but then I received a photo. It’s the one at the top of this post showing Peaches standing on her own. I was so happy that I put my editorial calendar aside so I could share the story with you.
The Mia Foundation put together this amazing video about the rehab process to get puppies like Peaches and Mick walking again.
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