Sacramento SPCA takes in puppy born with ‘swimmer syndrome’

Duckie, a retriever/Labrador mix puppy who came to the Sacramento SPCA just before the holidays, was unable to stand when he was first brought in due to his condition. (Courtesy: Sacramento SPCA)

A puppy born with 'swimmer syndrome' is looking for a forever home.

Duckie, a retriever/Labrador mix puppy who came to the Sacramento SPCA just before the holidays, was unable to stand when he was first brought in due to his condition.

Swimmer syndrome is a muscular condition that leaves dogs unable to walk properly.

After three weeks of therapy, Duckie learned to walk. The SPCA called it a holiday miracle.

The SPCA says his front legs are still a little bow-legged due to his condition, but they seem to be catching up with the rest of him.

The SPCA is now accepting applications for Duckie. They say he's conquered 'swimmer syndrome' but there is a chance of complications in the future.

Duckie has been in a foster home with cats and dogs and does well with both, although he tends to be a little much for senior dogs.

If you think Duckie is the puppy for you, please contact pchordas@sspca.org for an application and tell her more about why you are the perfect fit.


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