Whilst it is relatively quiet here at the animal sanctuary, I thought that I would give you a little run down of our current ‘inpatients’. These guys and girls receive meds and treatments every morning and most evenings.
Our oldest resident who requires medication is Noska. This little girl has really been through the ringer. About a month ago she was found by Gemma and another volunteer at the time, Isa, after she had been hit by a car. One of her eyes had popped out and her bottom jaw was split. She was then taken to the vets at Sai Yok where they removed her eye and sewed her jaw back together. Twice a day we give her eye drops for her other eye which she struggles to see out of. Sadly, we believe her jaw requires wiring as the stiches have not stayed in very well. Hopefully, when our volunteer vet arrives in a few days, she can do this.
Dorri, 6 months old, came into the sanctuary a couple of weeks ago with a broken leg after he, too, was hit by a car. His owners didn’t want to pay the 3,000 Baht (approx. £60) it would cost to repair his leg. Our choice was to either let this puppy suffer, or use the very little funds that are available to us for his operation. We did the latter and today’s the day that his cast is taken off. It has been two weeks since his leg was fixed in the cast and we were nervous to remove it as we didn’t know what lurked beneath…
Disappointing news. Despite the sores, which can easily enough be cleaned and will heal over time, there seemed to be very little feeling in the paw. Time will tell with Dorri’s case; letting the air get to the skin and with an increase in blood circulation, hopefully his paw will begin to function as it should. He still has to wear his collar, which he is about as happy about as our Etti is!
You have already been introduced to the new kid on the block, Etti! Not only did he have a miserable time wearing his dog collar in his cage last night, but he destroyed his surroundings and made sure everyone else got as little sleep as he did. This morning after letting him out of his cage to go to the toilet, we decide to keep him out permanently. He is still wearing his collar (you can see the damage he has caused by trying to remove it) but he’s much happier with this extra bit of freedom. As one of the friendliest dogs here, nothing pleases him more than being stroked behind the ears. And, for all of his big-man attempts to break out of his cage, he is, without a doubt, the biggest wuss when it comes his daily injections!
Currently, we are monitoring two puppies that were brought in separately to the sanctuary. One had been hit by a car and appears to have a broken leg and another looks very weak and hasn’t got much of an appetite. We have put them on drips, are monitoring them and giving them antibiotics and pain relief when needed.
Every morning ‘Waffle’ receives iron supplements and B12 vitamins. Both of Waffle’s back legs are permanently deformed following a car collision. Occasionally, he can stand on one of his back legs, but this is sporadic and so we are giving him physiotherapy as well as these supplements. If these efforts prove futile, then we are also in efforts to obtain a wheelchair for him.
Today we also popped to the local hospital to stock up on a few supplies – mainly saline drips. We used to be able to buy these straight from the pharmacy, but we now have to see a doctor before we can purchase them. The medical staff speak English at the hospital, and Gemma explains to the practitioner that the drips are for the dogs. It seems unnecessary to have to see the doctor for this sort of thing but, on the whole, it was a relatively quick and painless visit to the 'Emergency and Accidental Building', as it is labelled outside.