Lalitpur. March 2017-
Animal Nepal equine outreach team went to Dhading-Gorkha visit on March 18-20. On the very first day the team reached Suvalav Brick kiln Naubisae,Dhading and found that some very sick ‘brick donkeys’ were already present there.
Our expert team of vets got into action and were able to treat over three equines suffering from saddle wounds, hoof problems, dehydration and skin problems. The team included Program manager Kapil Kafle, Dr Atish Yadav and Paravet Santosh Gautam, Michael Brown and assistant Ramchandra Shrestha. Likewise, our team upon reaching Raktakali Brick kiln Dharke started on check-ups on the sick and infected equines. Equine owner Ajmal Kasgar was happy on seeing his equines being treated and recovering with the help of AN medical team.
Next, when our Equine outreach team reached Everest Brick kiln, Thakre, they found that the sick equines were kept together with the healthy equines. After immediate analysis and talks with the equine owners and handlers on the importance of keeping the healthy and sick equines separately, an isolation unit for the sick and wounded equines was set up with the help of the handlers.
Unfortunately, some equines were already suffering from Trypanosoma, a transferable disease. “The negligence they show in feeding and handling the equines will lead to their poor health and ultimately their death and when the owners do realize that, it’s already too late,” said Dr.Atish Yadav.
Programme manager Kapil Kaphle added: “Owners make a living from the equines’ hard work and in return all these animals asks for is a good food and proper care. Owners and handlers forget that these hardworking beings too need rest, good food and that they feel pain.”
AN team told the Equine owner Mizan Kasgar to brief the equine handlers on proper and timely administration of medicines. The most common cases found amongst the equines were from saddle wounds and other multiple infection. Painkillers were provided whereas the healthy equines were dewormed and vaccinated.
The second day our team moved to Arughat, Gorkha. There, our equine outreach team met more than 12 equine owners. Dr. Atish conducted a hoof management training stressing on the importance of regular hoof care of the equine.
Equine owners were happy and receptive with the knowledge provided. They realized that a healthy hoof leads to a healthier equine. Our team also distributed First Aid Kits for the mules to each of the mountain mule owner to encourage them to be able to treat their mules for small infection and injuries.
Our work, this season will be focusing on mobile clinics, organizing workshops for the equine owners and handlers, implementing education and evidence based outreach. Animal Nepal strives to for a healthy equine population.
The team were move to Arughat,Gorkha it was evening.Second day of travel,Our equine outreach team met more than 12 equine owners in Gorkha district.Our team had conducted a hoof management training where Dr.Atish briefed them about hoof care.
Equine owners were happy with the knowledge provided.Healthy hoof for a healthier equine. Similarly, our team distributed First Aid Kits to them each other.
First Aid and timely treatment can save lives of many animals. We realized that equine owners can handle several cases of minor wounds and injuries.
We are sure that this will be very helpful for the working equines in emergency. Our team member Michael Brown were taking feature of mountain mules working daily lifestyle as visual version.