Treating animals involved in road traffic accidents
Working animals are facing severe challenges due to Covid-19, such as malnutrition, dehydration and lack of access to veterinary care. Sadly, we are also seeing a worrying rise in animals involved in traffic accidents.
As you know, many animals are being let out to forage for themselves as a result of the Covid-19 crisis. Being left to wander freely means many of these donkeys, horses and camels will stray close to roads and be at risk of traffic accidents.
During the pandemic, we have still been able to provide emergency care to animals in serious need at our veterinary centres, and many of our centres have seen a big increase in the number of animals injured in road accidents.
These accidents have devastating consequences, if they are not immediately fatal. Those that survive usually need multiple complicated procedures. Bandages and casts, wound dressings, supportive antibiotics and analgesics, and prolonged stabling rest are often the very minimum. Even in these cases, it will be a long road to recovery.
Some animals will require more complicated operations due to injuries to their vital organs. Sadly, although we provide immediate care and do whatever we can to save these vulnerable animals, the nature of their injuries means that some of them don’t make it.
This is just one of the many heartbreaking effects the Covid-19 pandemic is having on the world’s working animals. But, thanks to your kind support, we are doing everything we can to be there for them when they need us most.