It’s been awhile since I checked the UrbanBulldog email – sorry about that! But today I found two sweet submissions include Bonsai, a very special needs English Bulldog pup. I’ll let his rescue team tell you a bit more about him and his condition:
“Bonsai was born to an Arkansas English Bulldog breeder on April 27th 2015 with multiple rare deformities.
He is afflicted with a HUMAN condition known as Sacral Agenesis (Caudal Regression Syndrome) and Sacrocaudal Dysgenesis – likely combined with a variation of Spina Bifida.
In layman’s terms, Bonsai was born with only half of his spine, no functional pelvis and with tiny contracted hind legs.
To our knowledge, there is not another documented case worldwide, of an animal living with Sacral Agenesis.
In addition, Bonsai was born a “Walrus Puppy” (water pup), engorged with fluid – which, combined with lack of mobility of the hind end, led to the condition of “Swimmer’s Syndrome” – just one tiny aspect of Bonsai’s overall condition.
Swimmer’s Syndrome is a condition in which the chest of the newborn pup becomes dangerously flat and the functioning legs splay out to the sides – putting pressure on the internal organs.
Swimmer’s syndrome is reversible with time and therapy – however, there is no “cure” or surgical intervention to aid Bonsai’s malformed spine and pelvis.
Bonsai has undergone a bilateral amputation of both of his useless hind legs (on 6.25.15) and is doing very well in his recovery.
Bonsai is a precious boy and deserving of every opportunity of health, wellness and a bright future that we are able to offer him.
As of the end of September, Bonsai was 5 months old on 9.27.15 weighed in at 13 lbs.”
What a special guy and rescue team.
For more information check out Bonsai’s Facebook page at: