Tony was admitted to our current hospital with a painful foot abscess which needed the care and attention of our veterinary team.
After undergoing an x-ray, it was clear that the 22-year-old donkey required surgery to tackle his Pedal Sepsis - an infection of the pedal bone. Vet, Elena Barrio, carried out the operation through the wall of his foot to scrape the bone clean and thoroughly flush out the infection.
In such cases, the veterinary team keep a close eye on patients like Tony, keeping his foot clean and clear of infection while the hoof wall slowly grows back.
Most donkeys who go into the care of the hospital are joined by a bonded friend to keep them calm, and Tony was no different. Josephine went in to the hospital to be by Tony's side, but while she was there, the vets noticed she wasn't quite herself.
Josephine was quidding - a response to mouth pain in which the donkey loses or spits balls of semi-chewed food out of their mouth. The most common cause of this is that a donkey's teeth are uneven or have sharp points, making chewing extremely difficult.
It was discovered that she had a diastema, causing chewing and swallowing food effectively extremely difficult.
The diastema was flushed clean with water and the gap in Josephine's teeth was filled so no more food can get stuck.
Josephine will have regular dental checks to make sure her potentially serious condition doesn't return.
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