The grooms at our donkey assisted therapy centre at Ivybridge noticed that all was not well in Wayne's world. They noticed that he had been getting progressively lame and was clearly in a lot of pain.
Without delay they called their local veterinary practice. X-rays were taken and sent to Elena, one of our vets here at Sidmouth. Having seen the results, she was very concerned and went to see Wayne. After examining him, Elena confirmed that he had a pedal bone infection in one of his hooves.
Plans were set in motion to collect Wayne and he was admitted into our veterinary hospital on Wednesday 13 February, along with his best friend Garth for companionship.
Later that day Alex, one of our surgeons, operated on Wayne's hoof. She first had to remove a lot of "seedy toe" before she could clean out the infection. Donkeys are prone to seedy toe which is where part of the white line area of the hoof becomes weak and crumbly.
Wayne is now convalescing after his operation.
During the daytime, Wayne is in one of our hospital paddocks close by the hospital where he is receiving medical care by his nurses. This allows him to have access to grass as well as limited exercise. Later in the day, Wayne and Garth are taken into the hospital to spend the night and for the nurses to check his hoof dressing and make sure he is comfortable for the night.
Wayne needs to grow quite a lot of hoof back - similar to us having to grow our fingernails - and to help his hoof to grow healthily, he is receiving an extra feed supplement daily.
He is now beginning his road to recovery with Garth by his side... only time will tell how long his journey will be.