Libby – Cheboygen, MI

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PLEASE HELP LIBBY!

Update:  12-8-14

Here’s a new photo of Libby to let all who donated know how much good their generous hearts are doing our previous Libby! We are SO THANKFUL!

Update:  10-6-14

I brought Libby’s file which is quite large to a new vet. He took the time to read through ALL of it
before seeing her. He feels we should treat her for the fungus aspergillosis. Even though she has tested negative for it in the past, she is not responding to any antibiotics anymore, and the steroids aren’t helping much either.He feels it’s her last option.The good news is, there is a drug out to treat it now, so she wouldn’t have to go through the surgery of having a hole drilled through her nose and the fungal wash. He is going to confer with a Dr. that is very familiar with the drugs that are available for it and they are going to come up with a plan for

Libby this week. He said it will not be cheap, but is is available at any pharmacy and it will take at least a month before we notice any changes in her and it could take up to 3-4 months of the drug to kill the fungus.

As you can probably imagine, I am very hopeful that this is the answer for our dear sweet Libby.

Dr.Zender said there is no reason for me to return to his office, he said there is no reason to pay for an office call when he has already checked Libby over and all he needs is an observation from me  and we will keep in  contact by phone while she is on the drug. He said, “I don’t know how you found me, or what led you to me, but I’m glad it did and I hope I can help Libby”

So, let me know how we can proceed with the money left over for her from here. He will be calling Monday or Tuesday to get her started. I’d like to have some idea of how we will work it to tell him. Thank you so much, and all your wonderful generous donors!!!!

I took her to the Blessing of the animals on Saturday. That’s where the pics are from! She was so good! All the dogs were barking like crazy and she just sat there like a lady! LOL!

Update:  10-8-14
WOW!  This has to be the most dedicated owner of a dog that I’ve encountered!  I just got off the phone with Sandra, and she said that the brand name of the medicine this vet wants to try for her is $1000.00!!!   The pharmacist called her to tell her this, and looked up the generic, which is $400, BUT, this pharmacy is a compounding pharmacy, so the pharmacist was able to compound it there in the store for $200.00, which was her cost!  

5-23-14   PLEASE HELP US HELP LIBBY!  SHE IS CONSTANTLY HAVING DIFFICULTY BREATHING WITH LOTS OF BLOODY DISCHARGE.  SHE HAS BEEN DIAGNOSED BY THE  DOCTORS AT MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY  WITH  “FUNGAL ASPERGILLOSIS”.  THEY WILL NEED TO DRILL A HOLE IN HER SINUS TO CLEAR AS MUCH DEBRIS AS POSSIBLE AND TO INSERT THE MEDICINE. SHE NEEDS SURGERY AS SOON AS POSSIBLE………..

UPDATE 6-16-14

The surgery is on hold for at least 11 more weeks, but we are still raising funds to get Libby into surgery.  Below is an update from her owner…

I have raised $175.00 so far. I have one (I am hoping) large donation, pending. I talked to both Dr. Carey and Dr. Ward, two weeks ago and they wanted me to try Libby on the inhaler first before doing such an invasive surgery on her sinus’. So…. The Canine Aerosol Chamber cost $60.00 and the inhaler meds to put in it are $174.00, which she needs 2x daily (this is at cost). This will last 2 months.  So, once again, we are forging ahead and hoping for the best.

So far she is doing very well on the inhaler, but we can’t lower her dosage of steroids until we have had her on it for 2 weeks. Tomorrow it will be one week. She leaks urine CONSTANTLY so I am very anxious to get this dosage down to 5mg. They hope this side effect of the steroid will stop once we hit that mark.

I don’t know it if I told you or not, but we almost lost her a few weeks ago when we tried to take her down to 5mg of the steroid, she had a very bad reaction. She became very ill for about four days but rallied and looks and acts like a miillion bucks right now. This dog amazes me every day! She takes the inhaler like a champ, goes and gets a toy, wagging her tail, showing off the toy, smiling like, hey look at me, I did it! Then of course, she gets a cookie!

Thanks for checking in, and as always, thank you for caring.
Sandy and Libby

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