Three case studies in Qalqilya

Just before Christmas, we were called to help a very poor mare recently in the Palestinian city of Qalqilya. She had been treated by a poorly trained veterinarian from another Palestinian city, Tulkarem whilst she was in the latter stage of her pregnancy and he had used a drug that was unsuitable for pregnant mares.


Tragically the poor horse delivered a dead foetus and subsequently her health rapidly deteriorated. We took her into our Qalqilya rest home and our vets tried to help her but we could see it was futile as she had internal damage and was so weak, so undernourished and the vets took the decision that due to her suffering, the kindest thing would be to let her go.


Sadly there are a few 'quack' vets operating particularly within the West Bank – we have seen many cases of poor male donkeys in particular, who have been barbarically and inhumanely 'gelded' and are left with terrible swelling and infections – the pain they must have endured is just unthinkable.


Still another case was a poor horse who had been knocked by a car as he was trotting along pulling his cart. Thankfully the injury wasn't too severe but it did leave him with torn skin and tendons on his lower, right foreleg which had to be cleaned, treated and dressed and of course we put the horse on a course of antibiotics. He stayed with us at our Qalqilya home for a week for his treatment and to properly recover.


We were also called out at night to help a little filly of about nine months of age, further inside the city of Qalqilya. The owner explained how she had allegedly collided with a sharp metal object which had cut into the front of her shoulder/chest area. When we got there and saw the injury it looked terrible and deep but we had hope since it is not the first injury of that sort that we have treated successfully. In fact many have been far worse even. It just requires thorough, genuinely caring and conscientious work, antibiotic in fluid form, perseverance, lots of patience along with many vetwrap bandages and eventually the tissues start to repair and everything starts to heal.


Another veterinarian had already attempted to treat her by trying to stitch the gaping hole but it was to no avail and the stitches had just come apart and started to cause an infection because the dead tissues had been trapped internally by the stitches. Our dear volunteer vet, Dr Ahmad worked very hard and intensively that night to thoroughly clean out the wound and eventually dress and bandage it. The next day the owner arranged to transport her to our rest home which is closer to the entrance of Qalqilya and she is is still there with us. I am happy to say that she is doing very well and the wound is now healing beautifully, slowly but surely.


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Merry Christmas to all and we will be back in touch soon.