Elephants are on the move in Surin, Thailand

Posted by on Nov 1, 2017 in From the Field

We are pleased to inform you that our mobile elephant clinics have been operating smoothly in Surin, Thailand since May. Thanks to you, we have been able to treat nearly 200 elephants to date!

We also have some exciting news to share, our trucks were recently filmed on location for Animal Planet’s new series, Vets Without Borders with Dr. Chris Brown! We will be sure to inform you when it airs.

An update from the field

To date we have dewormed and evaluated 196 elephants. In the month of October we have treated 22 elephants for bloat, arthritis, malnutrition, tooth root abscesses and eye infections. Below we thought you may appreciate reading a case of a bull elephant we recently treated.

Vet Case Report

History

POO TEE is a 31 year old bull. He has large abscesses on both of his shoulders. He used to work in the logging industry in Tak province and had a harness connecting to chains that dragged heavy logs. The heavy weight, friction and impact created deep abscesses. Sadly, Poo Tee never received treatment from his original owner. Luckily, he is now in the good hands of mahout Pichit Saenngam, who treats him well and dresses his wounds everyday.

Clinical Examination and Diagnostic Plan
Our team found abscesses at both shoulder joints that measured 15 cm on the left side and 10 cm in right side. Ultrasound was used to evaluate the abscesses but a capsule and margins were not clear.

Treatment 

Daily irrigation instead of surgical treatment was elected. First tap water was used to clean the skin, then diluted povidone iodine for disinfection. Antibiotic cream was placed afterwards.

Poo Tee is now feeling much better as he has less pressure and inflammation in his joints! He is happy to not have to carry a log ever again!

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