Once there, our vets removed the dead tissue from the wounds, then drained, flushed and disinfected them. The vets noticed signs of infection in the largest and most painful wound, which was between his shoulder blades. This suggested Amara could have fistulous withers, an infection caused when wounds along the spine get infected. Untreated, it can lead to immense pain, fever and lameness.
The vets cleaned and bandaged the wound and gave Amara antibiotics to treat his condition and prevent a potentially life-threatening infection.
The vets also explained to Gebrie that the wounds had been caused by Amara’s ill-fitting harness and from pulling loads that were too heavy. They encouraged him to wash his donkey’s wounds to keep them clean and help them heal. They also showed him how to fit a padded harness to improve Amara’s comfort while working.
Simply by improving Amara’s harnessing and not overloading his cart, Gebrie could vastly reduce his donkey’s terrible suffering and save him from a possible deadly infection.
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