Swimmer Puppy Syndrome is a developmental deformity of newborn dogs and cats, where the limbs are splayed laterally resulting in an inability to stand or walk. PetEducation.com explains that the term ‘swimmer’ in Swimmer’s Syndrome is used to describe a puppy that paddles his legs much like a turtle would, but is unable to stand. “A puppy should be standing and walking by three weeks of age. As a result of weak muscles in the rear limbs, swimmers are generally unable to stand at the normal age.” Casper was an unlucky Siberian Husky puppy born with not only this syndrome, but had a weak heart with a faint pulse.
Watch the video below to see what a beautiful dog Casper grew up to be, all because of a good samaritan who stepped in to save his life. Share this wonderful story with friends and family to spread the important message that every life matters.