Stopping communicable disease in its track

Lalitpur, February 2018 –

Communicable diseases among equines are on the increase in Nepal. Dangerous conditions like Glanders, Strangles, Rabies and Surra increasingly affect the hard working horses, mules and donkeys.

To stop disease in its track, Animal Nepal educated equine owners working in brick factories in Dhading district on prevention and identification.

On 18 February, 2018, 27 equine owners working in 17 different brick factories gathered to listen to Animal Nepal Program Manager Kapil Kafle, who briefed them about basic care and welfare of equines. Equine Outreach Program Vet Dr. Sajana Thapa shared her knowledge of communicable diseases and its causes, symptoms and prevention. She also gave advice regarding food and nutrition for the hard working equines. Animal Nepal’s para vets Santosh Gautam and Sijan Pokhrel talked about primary treatment and general equine health.

Equine owners Ajmal Khan and Ali Hasan raised some important questions related to care of working animals. The participants looked forward to implementing the suggestions given to them by our team. They realized that that better treatment will lead to happier and healthier equines and better income.

This was the first camp of the present brick season in Dhading. Animal Nepal this season will be focusing on spreading awareness and educating the equine owners on improved treatment of equines.