When Saidou the horse was suffering from wounds on his leg, SPANA vets at our centre in Boghé, Mauritania, were on hand to help him out.
Saidou the eight-year-old horse transports people around the town of Boghé, in southern Mauritania. He supports his owner, Mamadou, enabling him to earn a basic income to support his wife and child.
Through his work, Saidou had developed a number of small wounds on his right front leg. Extremely concerned for the health of his horse, Mamadou had tried to treat the wounds himself using traditional remedies and procedures, but the wounds had only got worse. Mamadou was told by a friend about SPANA, so he took Saidou to our centre in Boghé for treatment.
At the centre, SPANA vets gently examined Saidou’s leg. Luckily, there was no severe damage, but the vets found that Saidou’s wounds were infected and the whole area was inflamed and irritated. Our team carefully cleaned Saidou’s leg and started a course of anti-inflammatories and antibiotics.
Mamadou was given a supply of the treatment to continue Saidou’s care at home and was shown by the vets how to administer it. He was instructed to give Saidou complete rest and to bring him back to the centre in three days for a check-up. The team explained to Mamadou about the harm that some traditional remedies can cause. They showed him the best way to treat basic wounds, and encouraged him to seek assistance from veterinary professionals if Saidou is ever sick or injured.
Mamadou thanked the vets for their help. He said: ‘Thank you, SPANA. I tried to treat Saidou myself. I now know to bring him to SPANA.’
Sadly, our vets see many working animals, like Saidou, whose owners have tried to treat their animals using traditional practices. Despite their best intentions, traditional remedies and practices can often cause more harm than good. Our vets are training owners to increase awareness about seeking expert advice and effective treatment from qualified vets for animals in need.With your help, we’re changing mindsets and improving the welfare of working animals. Thank you for your continued support.