SEPTEMBER 27th UPDATE
This poor soul lost the battle. RIP. I’m so very very sorry.
If you have donated for this lovely dog, and would like your donation returned, please contact us.
Animal welfare activists in Sarajevo were only contacted about this poor dog last night, and it might be too late to save his life! He has distemper and maybe canine parvovirus as well. He has been given an initial vet treatment of an infusion but he needs to be moved to a proper pension and to have intensive veterinary treatment for any chance of survival.
You can’t see it because his eyes are in such poor shape, but he has one blue eye and one brown eye. The rescuer called him a Husky but I suspect he’s probably a German Shepherd mix. Please help this lovely dog, and if you can’t send a donation towards his treatment or pension, please send your love and healing prayers.
Distemper is a highly contagious disease caused by a virus similar to the one that causes measles in people. Worldwide, it is the leading cause of infectious disease deaths in dogs. All unvaccinated dogs are at high risk of infection.
The overall health of the dog has a lot to do with how ill he becomes. The disease is most severe in dogs who are poorly nourished and ill-kept. As you can see this poor dog is very thin and was a stray on the streets of Sarajevo.
The distemper virus attacks brain cells and cells that line the surfaces of the body, including the skin, the conjunctiva, the mucous membranes of the respiratory tract, and the gastrointestinal tract. Many dogs develop signs of brain involvement (encephalitis), characterized by attacks of slobbering, head shaking, and chewing movements of the jaws. Epileptic-like seizures may occur, in which the dog runs in circles, falls over, and kicks all four feet wildly. After the convulsive episode the dog appears to be confused, shies away from his owner, wanders about aimlessly, and appears to be blind.
This is a horrific disease if left untreated. We hope it’s not too late for this poor dog.
NEWS, SEPTEMBER 25TH 2013
The dog was taken in for a proper veterinary examination. The vet feels the dog ‘has a chance’. New photos below and more added to the slide show.
Funds are needed not only to help individual rescues and to help us keep safe the 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.