Death has a new name /The innocent one who did not wait/
Humans’ carelessness spreads death. It’s slow, painful and lonely. It’s undeserved! It looks like this; see it in the face of that doomed boy.
You may have never seen those eyes but we want to believe that he didn’t die in vain. We hope knowing this would change reality and finally people will realize how terrible the disease Dirofilaria is. About few years ago people accuses us in doing much ado about nothing, because we wanted a sensation, they said. Here is the sensation now. The dogs with Dirofilaria are so many in the whole country; their number is threateningly big. Are we the only “luckies”? You may answer that question for yourselves.
We named him Rukh. He had been waiting for us for a long time. The hours of deciding his future were the last in his life. We were too late; so much late that there was no space in his heart from the terrible worms. Rukh’s abdominal cavity was full of blood – the blood from his heart. That was the reason his stomach was so swollen. The disease he carried in him for years said its final word and he passed away despite the chance he got…
This is what veterinarian doctor Stoyan Nikolov explained: “Because of the heartworms, the wall of pulmonary artery fibroses and expands; part of the blood goes back to the right ventricle. The right ventricle is not able to enter the blood of the big circle of circulation of the blood and this causes a release of fluid in the abdominal cavity /ascites/. Accordingly, due to the stagnation in the right, less blood reaches the left side of the heart; in order to compensate that the heart works by contracting more frequently. In such patients, the blood pressure is low because of the decreased preload in the left but with increased heart rate /for example, Rukh’s blood pressure was 100/60 with heart rate 160 – 200/. All of this in a long term leads to further heart problems, increased pulmonary hypertension, pulmonary thromboembolism, glomerulonephritis with proteinuria, hypoalbuminemia and many other conditions until finally the animal dies. Rukh was in the fourth most severe stage of the disease, where death can be caused by many reasons…”
Thanks to doctor Nikolov, the boy was about to be taken up in Central Veterinary Clinic in Sofia and they were going to make the surgery for free. We are greatly thankful for this, but he stopped fighting… It’s just that he couldn’t touch anyone’s heart for too long…
We beg you, test your animals. If they are healthy, provide prevention for them – it’s cheap and sure. If they are sick – treat them, don’t let them suffer and be carriers of the disease! Rukh’s death and many others we don’t get to see is painful and undeserved; it’s a result of the irresponsible actions of many people. The disease scales are growing with inexorable speed and only we, humans, can stop it. But we don’t bother, do you know why?! Isn’t this a very convenient way for getting rid of thousands of strays? There is only one horrible detail here – there will be many pets in those numbers.