Breeding dogs is an incredible responsibility. However, many are careless and irresponsible and just see the dogs they breed as a quick way to make money.
Unfortunately, many dog breeders don’t know, or worse, don’t care about the animals they sell. A mother dog named Peggy and her 6-week-old puppy named Pip Squeak are living proof of what happens when breeders value money over their animals’ wellbeing.
After RSPCA Essex South and Southend found the pair on the side of the road, they knew the two tiny dogs were in bad shape just by looking at them However, they had no idea just how bad it really was. At first, rescuers thought Pip’s blindness was due to a build-up of fluid in her brain, but an MRI revealed she was actually missing half her brain.
“An MRI scan revealed that she is missing part of her brain which means her optic nerves are not developed and she cannot see,” said RSPCA press officer Amy De-Keyzer.
“It’s something the neurology team at The Animal Health Trust had never seen before in a dog… One theory is that she’s been bred from two merle dogs to produce a merle coloring — something which is desirable in today’s ‘designer dog’ culture. Breeding from two merles is not recommended as this colored dog can carry a faulty gene and any offspring can be plagued with health problems — like Pip.”
After more testing, the team discovered Pip had no blink reflex since her eyelids didn’t form properly and will need artificial tears, medication, and regular checkups for the rest of her life.
While Pip and Peg, who is missing her hind left leg, have a long road ahead of them, they are luckily getting the care they need and are finally being treated with love and compassion in their foster home.
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[Featured image: Facebook/RSPCA Essex South and Southend Dogs Needing Homes]