A brick kiln donkey which lost one of its hooves in an accident has made a good recovery.
The owner of the El Shahd kiln in Egypt called one of our teams out in July 2010, reporting that the donkey had a hoof abscess.
It emerged that in fact there had been two donkeys pulling a cart, and the cart had hit one of them on the left hind leg. When the vets examined the injured leg they found that the donkey had lost the hoof altogether, and there was a lot of dirt and inflammation in the internal layers.
The vets cleaned the wound with saline and applied a hoof bandage filled with anti-biotic cream; they also administered anti-tetanic serum, anti-inflammatory treatment, and anti-biotic injections for a week. They trained the kiln’s stockman to keep the leg bandaged and the wound clean.
After six months of regular visits and treatments, the donkey had grown a new hoof and was back at work. The team, visiting the kiln for a second round of worming in December, trimmed and shaped the regrowth.
The owner of the kiln was so impressed with what he saw that he stayed to watch them working with the stockman and the donkeys, instead of visiting another business he owns.
“I prefer to stay with you, rather than going to do my business, to learn more about how to protect my donkeys,” he said.