Dwarfism is a condition in which a pet has insufficient amounts of growth hormone present in their bodies. As the cat or dog matures, their body appears to be undersized. This condition may be inherited and is more common in certain dog breeds, such as Black Russian Terriers, German Shepherds, Vizslas, and Weimaraners. This condition may not be noticed immediately after birth, however if your pet seems like it is not growing properly for its age, consult with your veterinarian. Since this is genetic, it is not curable, however, it maybe possible for your pet to take growth hormone supplements if your vet advises to do so.
To learn more about dwarfism in pets, check out our Pet Health Concerns Guide. By enrolling your pet with Trupanion pet insurance, your cat or dog’s policy will include coverage for diagnostic tests, medications, surgeries, hereditary and congenital disorders, as long as treatment for a certain condition is required after enrolling and is not pre-existing.
Has your pet ever experienced any problems with dwarfism? If so, we would love to hear from you and any comments, advice, experiences, of thoughts on this condition.