When our boat pulled up to the scenic village of Tamanco on the Amazon River, I was greeted by a grassy field filled with children at play, cows turned out to pasture, and a few barking dogs corralling their human and bovine herd. The idyllic scene made for a pleasant day doing challenging veterinary work for Peruvian communities in remote locations through Amazon Cares.
Cebollin (“little onion”, or chives), one of the canines I treated, has an interesting story of survival from a trauma with which no patient of mine has previously ever presented. Cebollin was hunting in the Amazon Jungle with her human family members and got into an altercation with a wild animal. Her right side head abrasion and medial (inner) right pinna (ear flap) puncture mark came from a bite of a boar. As a at least one week had passed since the incident and Cebollin’s wound appeared to be in need of help to completely heal.
Through the free clinics Amazon Cares offers to communities in Peru, dogs like Cebollin will have the opportunity to live a better quality of life.
Besides the great experience working on Cebollin, the village of Tamanco also provided the most picturesque view I have ever seen from a surgery suite.
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Thank you to i Love Dogs premium canine supplements for your premiere sponsorship of our vets abroad trip into the Amazon Jungle in the name of animal welfare.
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