Disorder - Swimming Pup SyndromeOrgan Systems Involved
Flat puppy syndrome
Swimming puppy syndrome
A condition in which the legs are spread out to the sides and do not support the body, with subsequent compression of the chest area.
Puppies affected by this syndrome appear weak and are unable to stand or move about. These puppies can only move by pushing themselves along on the chest. They still feed well and continue to grow despite being unable to move easily. Failure of the legs to support the body results in the compression of the chest and abdominal area. Severe compression leads to difficult breathing and lethargy. When the puppies are on hard, smooth surfaces with little or no traction to help in movement, they make swimming motions with the legs. This is what characterises the syndrome as 'swimming pup'. It is possible to help puppies recover from this syndrome by massage and taping the legs together.
Dogs at Risk
Puppies between two and four weeks of age.
Pyrenean mountain dog
Swimming Pup Syndrome
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