Salli the horse had lost her appetite and was losing weight. Find out how SPANA vets in Mauritania provided the urgent care she needed.
Salli the horse has worked alongside her owner, 50-year-old Souley, for the past five years. She helps him earn a basic living as a farmer by carrying out a variety of agricultural tasks near the border town of Boghé, in southern Mauritania.
Recently, Souley had been resting Salli as he had noticed that she had lost her appetite and was lacklustre and lethargic. When Salli’s health did not improve, and it was clear she was losing weight, Souley decided to take her to the SPANA veterinary centre in Boghé for a check-up.
At the centre, Salli was given a full examination by SPANA vets. They noticed she was very weak and underweight. They diagnosed her as suffering from malnutrition, caused by internal parasites. Parasites live in the gut and, if left untreated, can take vital nutrition and energy from working animals like Salli,leading to further complications and, in some cases, serious illness. The vets administered anti-parasite medication to treat the problem, and also provided vitamins to boost her general health, as well as giving her a nutritious feed.
The team advised Souley to keep a close eye on Salli for the next fewdays and to make sure she had plenty of fresh water and a good supply of feed. Souley promised to return to the centre the following week, so that the vets could check on Salli’s progress.
Souley couldn’t thank the vets enough for their help. He said: ‘This is not my first visit to the SPANA centre. I always bring my animals here if they need treatment. This centre is very helpful for us, thank you.’
Because of your support, our vets are able to provide free veterinary treatment to working animals, like Salli, when they need us most. Whether they require parasite treatment and prevention, a lifesaving operation, or vaccination against a deadly disease, your ongoing support makes everything we do possible. Thank you so much for making a lasting difference to the lives of thousands of working animals across the world.