When Chaimae was spotted eating from rubbish dumps half a mile from SPANA’s centre in Marrakech, Morocco, our veterinary staff were concerned that she had been abandoned. The mule was visibly struggling with lameness and the materials she was eating from the dumps meant she was at real risk of life-threatening colic. SPANA made the decision to pick her up and bring her back to the centre for treatment.
Chaimae was given a full assessment, and a nail was found in the bottom of her front left hoof, along with some small wounds on her back and internal parasites. She was given painkillers, dewormed, and her wounds were cleaned and treated with antiseptic ointment. An X-ray was taken of Chaimae’s hoof and, luckily, no major damage was found, so the nail was gently removed. Her foot was cleaned and bandaged with a special dressing to prevent the spread of any infection. Chaimae was also given an anti-tetanus injection.
After treatment Chaimae was stabled and given a good feed. She will recuperate with SPANA until her owner is found, or if nobody comes forward, she will be given to a caring and compassionate owner chosen by a SPANA vet.
If an owner does try to claim Chaimae, our vets will make sure that they properly communicate the importance of bringing her to SPANA for treatment if she is suffering from any kind of illness or injury. They will also educate them on proper nutrition and advise that she should only be left to graze on patches of proper vegetation. They will also provide comfortable well-fitting equipment to prevent any future harness wounds or bit sores.