These three dogs, Gizmo, Coko (once called Paco) and Beauty (once called Blacky), are siblings and all were rescued as young puppies from a garbage bin last year. They all had demodex (mange), and they are amongst the few survivors of a bad outbreak of canine parvovirus. (To read more about this outbreak, go here, and here and the final instalment is here.)
Because of their depressed immune systems and the long-term demodex treatment, they have manifested a worsening of their skin condition. We believe this is an allergic response to and immune lowering effect of the medications for demodex, which have been stopped. There may also be a genetic component as our other dogs who have the same history (demodex, canine parvovirus) are doing well.
We knew they were still unwell, but were shocked to see just how bad they are now. We’ve been told their condition worsened very rapidly.
We are doing all we can to bring the dogs back to health and are looking for donations towards specialist vet care and immune boosting supplements that are not available in Bosnia, for example Avipro Plus, made by Vetark, only available in the UK, or Dr. Mercola Pet Probiotics, available in the USA. If you can help, please see below.
UPDATE March 7 2013 – a scratch test was done and the dogs still have demodex. I have contacted World Veterinary Service in the UK and they will donate prescription medications. However we have been advised by vets that the dogs will probably not get better unless they have a home environment. Good food, supplements and medication can help, but ultimately these dogs need to be found caring forever homes! Demodex is NOT contagious. Please, if you think you can foster or home Coko, Beauty or Gizmo in the UK ( or Germany ) please let us know.
Funds are needed not only to help individual rescues and to help us keep safe the 20 rescued dogs we are sponsoring but also to continue our advocacy work in Bosnia, uncovering the truth about what is happening there.
On our sister site, Animal Welfare Advocates for Bosnia, you can set up a monthly donation via PayPal, or if you want to make a one-off donation, please go to your PayPal account (or set one up, it’s very easy) and send the money to: firstname.lastname@example.org as a ‘gift’. Click on the image below to be taken to PayPal’s home page.
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This site is dedicated to Vučko. Read his story and don’t let him have suffered and died in vain. Please help the stray dogs and cats in Bosnia-Herzegovina. The situation there is utterly dire, Vučko is but one amongst many horrifically abused animals. Go here to find out how to help them. Money is needed for food, medicine and foster housing. Even just one dollar or one euro will help.