Swimmer syndrome is a congenital disease of young pups characterized by weak limb development.
It may occasionally be associated with pectus excavatum but can be found in otherwise healthy pups.
In most cases, euthanasia is not recommended as restoration of normal movement eventually occurs as the pup grows, provided the walking surfaces are firm such as carpet, grass, soil, etc.
Physiotherapy is also recommended to develop full joint movement.
- Verhoeven G et al (2006) Swimmer syndrome in a Devon rex kitten and an English bulldog puppy. J Small Anim Pract 47(10):615-619