ATLANTA, GA AREA: Tess is a cropped and docked, black/rust female, estimated to be around 2-3 years old. She will be spayed before she can be adopted. She was found abandoned in the woods of Georgia, emaciated and pregnant. She was brought into the shelter where she gave birth to 4 pups on 6/3/12, but lost one soon after. Before she came to us, she unfortunately lost a second pup to malnourishment leaving her with just two. She is a low Heartworm positive and being treated. Currently she is underweight, but on a diet to help her gain it back. According to the vet, her milk has no nutrients which is likely the cause of the death of two of the pups, so the remaining 2 are being supplemented with fresh, organic goats milk.
Tess is a sweetheart. When one of our volunteers went to see her in the shelter, she brought her pups out one by one for her to see. We were also told that when the second pup had passed away, she brought it out of her igloo to the shelter worker. She is a loving, attentive mother, and even after all she’s been through, still loves people and just wants to be loved on.
Tess experienced a nose bleed, which wouldn’t stop. She was rushed to the vet and we suspected she had Von Willebrands Disease. We had the Vetgen DNA test done, which came back as affected confirming that she does in fact have vWD. Von Willebrands is a disease that affects the bloods ability to clot. For the most part, a dog with vWD will live a normal, happy life without ever having a bleeding problem, however the key to living with it is knowing about it since in times of surgery and stress or illness, it can make a big difference. You can read all about vWD on the Doberman Pinscher Club of America’s website, here.
Tess has been adopted by her foster and gets to continue to spend her life with her new canine and feline best friends, and loving family!
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