TREATMENTS AND SERVICES
As well as neutering and vaccinating both street and owned dogs, we also offer some of the highest standards of veterinary treatment on the island with a 24 hour, fully-equipped hospital in Kapugama. This is a vital facility when we are confronted by extremely advanced illnesses or injuries everyday, and mostly in street dogs with no one to bring them to the hospital.
Locals simply can’t afford to take community dogs to the vets, so we’re here to provide free veterinary care for them and support our community in caring for the dogs under their guardianship. A lot of teamwork required. All we ask is for people to alert us when they see a dog in need. We’re also constantly cruising the streets looking for them ourselves so that no animal has to suffer under our watch.
Thousands of dogs are living in misery because minor wounds and ailments are going untreated. Frustratingly, these are things that are easily cured if they’re caught in time.
THE WECARE HOSPITAL
Our hospital is one of very few inpatient facilities in the country and, as a result, this means that we are often very, very busy! We are almost fully equipped (just missing that dream x-ray machine!) and, as a result, pride ourselves on offering one of the best veterinary services on the island. But there is always room for improvement, as in any field, so we are constantly striving to get better and better!
Our hospital is primarily for street dogs, but we do treat owned dogs from time to time when the injury or illness is so severe that the patient requires intensive care/nursing.
Our hospital has-
- 3 consultation areas
- 2 surgical suites
- 1 fully-equipped veterinary laboratory
- 2 prep areas
- Outdoor and indoor kennels
- Isolation facilities
- Separate inpatient and outpatient wings
- Both basic and advanced soft tissue surgery under gaseous anaesthesia, to the highest aseptic standards.
- First and second opinion medicine consultations.
- 24 hour, 365 days a year inpatient facilities to international standard.
- Intensive care and isolation facilities.
- Lab diagnostics analysis.
WHAT WE SEE
The injuries and illnesses we see in the UK pale in comparison to the severity of those we see in Sri Lanka on an almost daily basis. As street dogs don’t have owners, often something that starts as a very minor issue quickly gets out of hand and before you know it, the dog is collapsed on the side of the road and coming in on death’s door or is suffering tremendously, usually unnecessarily.
Living in the tropics means that even the smallest wound from a dog fight can quickly become maggot-infested in this hot, humid climate. Not surprisingly, it’s extremely distressing for the dogs and, without veterinary attention, can be fatal. We see a LOT of these wounds with varying locations including ears, mouths, eyes and even in the anus.
Skin disease, although not life threatening, is something that compromises animal welfare to a massive degree. We see lots of intensely itchy, bald dogs, with the biggest cause usually being the mange mite. With only one treatment we can usually totally transform the dog’s quality of life.
ROAD TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS
Sadly, road traffic accidents involving animals are all too common in Sri Lanka and often result in limb, pelvic or spinal fractures, diaphragmatic hernias or bladder ruptures, as well as some really nasty wounds. The pain experienced by these individuals is often very severe.
TRANSMISSABLE VENEREAL TUMOURS
Transmissable veneral tumours, or TVT’s as we call them, are nasty sexually transmitted tumours that are not only unsightly but extremely painful too. If left untreated, they can be fatal however they are very easy to both prevent and treat if veterinary care is in place.
We see a lot of cases of distemper, some parvo and lepto and even rabies from time to time. Varying in mortality rates , all of these diseases are absolutely horrendous and it is awful to watch animals go through these disease processes that are entirely preventable with vaccination.
He was picked up from the streets with a huge tumour that was
taking over his entire face!
We initiated a chemotherapy protocol but with minimal response, we opted to take the poor guy to surgery.
It was an extremely fiddly operation, but it was his only chance of being able to live a normal life again. There wasn’t much skin to play with during surgery, so it was pretty tricky trying to create new eyelids, and the wound was pretty tight when we sutured it together. We had a feeling that it might break down and open slightly – and it did. So, it took a little longer than we hoped to heal, but after a few weeks of recovery, we were able to drop Dobby back where he came from – with two functioning eyes!
The local community were pretty darn happy to see him, and he was super stoked to be back too. We dread to think what Dobby’s life would be like had we not found him when we did.