Libby's twisted legs are thought to have been caused from malnutrition during
puppyhood, possibly a lack of necessary nutrients during gestation also?
Libby came to our attention from a Jacksonville Florida animal shelter. In addition to the
leg deformities our vet has diagnosed Libby with an overgrowth of fungus.
The fungal overgrowth causes Libby to have numerous nose bleeds and lose her
The toenails bleed when they fall off. Libby should have a natural immunity to the
fungus like other dogs do. Thought to be nearing age 2, Libby's very poor start in life
has left her with this immunological deficiency.
Libby is responding well so far to the anti fungal drug therapy that has been prescribed.
The two veterinarians that are working with Libby are cautious not to call this Aspergillis
just yet. Hopefully anti fungal drugs and antibiotics will continue to improve the condition.
Libby's foster mom soaks Libby's feet each day in Cholorahexadrine and applies
miconazole creme to the tips of Libby's ears. Libby loves all the attention and absolutely
enjoys having her feet soaked. Foster mom, Shanna relates that Libby is so patient
about the whole process; Libby keeps her feet in the bowls and doesn't move an inch
during the soaks.
Exceptionally sweet, Libby seeks attention from everyone, she just loves to be loved.
Libby gets along very well with all the other dobermans at her Jacksonville area foster
home. Milo, Jed and Paige are all happy together with Libby.
Libby's doctors are in Tallahassee and Jacksonville, foster mom Shanna has transported
Libby back and forth for the necessary doctor visits. Libby's diet has been changed to
the Raw Diet. Libby's limbs are still twisted but she runs with great robust and energy.
Libby's autoimmune issues continue to plague her, although she's enjoyed many months
of great happiness at her foster home. Libby’s foster parents finally paid for the
complicated VonWillebrands spay themselves. Spay Surgeons detected a thickening of
the spleen further complicated by a nodule on the spleen, diagnosed as part of her
autoimmune issues and not cancer as originally feared. Due to the possibility that the
spleen could rupture and cause Libby to bleed to death internally, Libby’s spleen needs
to be removed. Since Libby’s vet wasn’t prepared for this complication and didn’t have
blood on hand to replace the blood lost during a spleenectomy, a second surgery is now
going to be required. Once this is done, however, Libby’s vets fully expect her to have a
great prognosis and quality of life.