Chergui the horse’s road to recovery

Chergui the horse’s road to recovery

In Mauritania, Chergui the horse was in excruciating pain after being hit by a car. Find out how SPANA vets took swift action to treat his wounds.

Chergui is on the road all day. The four-year-old horse acts as a taxi, taking people to and from the town of Boghé, in Mauritania, to surrounding communities. He walks for long periods each day, so that his owner, Dia, can earn a small income. The roads are dusty and potholed and can be busy in Boghé, where Chergui must carefully navigate cars, vans and pedestrians.

One day, when Chergui was in Boghé, he was hit by a car. The sudden impact knocked him to the ground and he fell heavily onto his left side. Shocked and dazed, Chergui slowly struggled back to his feet, but he was clearly seriously wounded. He was unable to put his full weight on his left front leg, his mouth was bleeding from a cut on his upper gum and he had several open wounds on his legs. Dia was distraught to see his beloved horse in such pain. He immediately made an emergency call to SPANA, who he knew operated a mobile clinic in Boghé, to ask for help.

Our vets attended Chergui straight away. After carefully examining him all over for any fractured bones, they found he had muscle injuries and some torn fibres. Chergui was given an anti-inflammatory injection to ease his pain and improve the inflammation. Then his wounds were gently cleaned with an antiseptic solution. He was also put on fluids and given a course of anti-inflammatory medication over the coming days. 

The vets advised Dia that Chergui would initially need complete rest for several days and should try to keep as still as possible during that time. They also let Dia know that they would visit Chergui regularly for prolonged treatment to help him on the road to recovery.

Dia couldn’t thank SPANA enough for treating Chergui. He said: ‘I called the SPANA team straight after the accident and they came quickly. I am so thankful to the vets for their availability and help.

Every day, working animals are at risk of serious injuries because of the hazardous environments in which they live and work. Our veterinary teams must be ready to provide emergency treatment for working animals like Chergui, who are seriously wounded in traumatic accidents. Our vets are committed to being there for working animals in their moment of need, but we can only help them with your support. Find out how you can help here.

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