Nickname: Bear II
Posted Breed: Lab Retriever (short coat).
Bear, a 5 mon old Lab, was rescued by LEARN in April 2016. He was surrendered because he was having difficulty standing. LEARN had genetic testing done which revealed that Bear has CNM, Centronuclear Myopathy, an inherited disease resulting from a mutation in a gene (PTPLA). This condition is also known as type II muscle fiber deficiency, autosomal recessive muscular dystrophy and hereditary myopathy.... (read more) Bear received a pair of recessive genes from his parents and as a result is missing muscle fibers. His prognosis is poor. Bear will never recover from this disabling disease. There is no cure and no treatment. Dogs usually become non-ambulatory within the 1st year of life. Respiratory complications can also develop. In spite of his physical limitations, Bear has a precious personality. Bear's foster family is determined to keep him comfortable for as long as possible. This diagnosis is very sad news for Bear.
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