The Veterinary clinic at HESC, with its animal hospital (containing recuperation and quarantine facilities), is widely recognized as one of the best facilities to treat sick and injured wild animals. This facility was once again put to good use when, on the 12th of January, an injured wild dog was brought in to HESC. He had been severely bitten in the dorsal area (haunch/hind legs) and needed veterinary care.
Dr Rogers darted the animal and stitched him up before placing him in quarantine – this is where we keep all animals in need of high care treatment.
However, smooth sailing it has not been. The wild dog unfortunately chewed his stitches, which meant Dr Rogers had to return five days later to stich him up again. As maggots had already started eating the healthy flesh, Dr Rogers applied anti-bacterial and insecticide products. Maggots can sometimes be beneficial, but only in a controlled environment where an animal’s wounds are cleaned daily. In this case, maggots are definitely harmful.
We will keep you updated on the healing process of this wild dog.
Yours in conservation,