Every day, Jad pulls his piled-high cart through the narrow medinas of Marrakech to collect recycling for his owner, Usama.
One day, the donkey was much slower and weaker than normal. He was struggling to breathe and refusing to eat, despite carrying out demanding work. Jad’s heart was beating fast, and he kept shifting his weight onto his hind legs and pawed the ground. He was lethargic and wanted to lie down.
As the condition gripping his body worsened, he could soon be writhing in agony on the ground, desperate for the pain to stop.
Thankfully, Usama spotted something was wrong before the colic had become more serious – and potentially life-threatening.
Usama took Jad to our SPANA centre in Marrakech. After a thorough examination, they discovered that Jad had colic because something was blocking his intestine. Donkeys can’t vomit to clear their stomach. So, our vets inserted a plastic tube into Jad’s nose and passed fluids through it to hydrate him and move what was blocking his gut. They also gave him a much-needed painkiller injection. Finally, Jad was given a deworming tablet to get rid of any parasites in his intestines.
The treatment helped Jad’s colic immediately, relieving his pain. He soon started to become stronger and more alert. Our vets gave Usama some advice about how to avoid colic in the future to stop Jad suffering again.
Not every working animal is as lucky as Jad, but with a kind gift from you today we can protect more animals from horrific colic. Thank you.