Esoufi didn’t know what to do. The foal he raised from birth needed urgent veterinary care. But he lived miles from a vet and could barely afford to buy food to survive, let alone pay for medical attention. Meanwhile, Salma couldn’t stop working as the fate of her owner’s family and neighbours depended on her.
Fortunately, Esoufi heard about our centre in Chemaia and took a risk to make the long 26km journey there in lockdown. Thankfully, our centre was open. Our trained veterinary team quickly examined Salma’s mouth and identified a large tumour. They knew they had to remove it immediately as Salma’s life was in danger. By this stage, her left cheek bulged out so much that her face looked twice the size it should be.
Dr Youness, our vet, said it was the biggest tumour he had seen in 13 years of practicing veterinary medicine.
Dr Youness gave Salma a general anaesthetic to allow his team to painlessly remove the tumour and reconstruct the tissue around it. When Salma woke up, the desperate, starving animal began to eat straight away! She spent three days recovering in the Chemaia centre, managing to put on weight, before being discharged. Luckily, the tumour was benign, but if our vets hadn’t removed it, it would have soon been impossible for Salma to swallow any food or water. Salma would have starved to death.
Many animals like Salma never see a vet, which can result in a lifetime of suffering. SPANA might be their only relief from pain.
Only with your support can we continue to be a lifeline for these essential working animals, now and in the future.