Donkeys working at Indian brick kilns benefit as their owners learn to treat minor wounds and sores themselves, thanks to free training offered by The Donkey Sanctuary.
Vets from The Donkey Sanctuary make regular visits to brick kilns, building sites and other areas where there is a high concentration of working donkeys, and last year provided veterinary care for almost 24,000 working donkeys and mules in India. The training offered to donkey owners enables them to treat minor ailments in between the charity’s visits. If treated early, wounds can heal rather than becoming more serious.
One donkey owner at a brick kiln in the Badli region, near Delhi, now makes and applies a homemade remedy based on an effective traditional treatment, to sores on his donkey’s backs. He mixes this ointment, made from cheap and locally available ingredients including turmeric, and after thoroughly cleaning the donkeys’ wounds, he applies the mixture to assist with healing. He takes great satisfaction from being able to do something practical to help his donkeys and others working at the kiln, and is grateful to the charity for giving him the skills to do so.