Mobile Clinics

We do not agree with the expoitation of elephants in the tourism or logging industries but we must have a respectful relationship with elephants owners in order for them to allow us to help the elephants. So we work with them to improve the level of care. This program relies completely on the generosity of others, a little goes a long way over here, the smallest of donations really helps. To donate see our 'Get Involved' page. We hope to allow veterinary volunteers to join us in the future,




We found 6 different elephants in one camp with infected tusk cavities, some has been like this for as long as 10 years. They were all caused from the tusk being stolen from the elephant to be sold.



This poor girl had been suffering from chronic eye problems for 2 years. Her third eyelids were severely protused and inflammed, both eyes bulging and both starting to go cloudy. We didnt have the instrument needed to measure the intra ocular pressure of her eye but can assume this was painfull. She also had an infected puncture wound to her mammary gland which had been left untreated. We left the owners with the medications they needed. We came to recheck her one week later, her eyes had improved and the puncture wound healed. She had a knew split behind her mammary gland where the rope from her saddle was tied around her chest, so we gave more supplies to keep this clean. We later learned that this poor girl was sold to a camp in Chiang Mai.


Foot and nails deformities are very common in working elephants, the activity they do is so un natural that the nails and feet do not wear like they are supposed too. They do nat have access to the forest or bathing like they would in the wild and uhen they are not uorking they are usually chained in a pile af their own urine and faeces. They develop painful splits and suffer abcesses and fungal infections. In western zoos these problems are prevented by daily footcare regimes and good hygene standards.

Myanmar

Dr Eve with the staff at Myanmar Timber Enterprise. Dr Eve took medical supplies for the logging elephants and spent the week working with the MTE Vets.

Shwe Htun & Chit Shwe Yee , 38 and 31 year old elephants have been used for logging since they were 19 years old. Both elephants have chronic abscesses at their shoulder caused from tight rope while carrying heavy logs. Burmese vets treat abcesses by doing surgery as its the quickest way to get the elephant back to work. Under sedation and with local anasthesia they completely remove the abcess capsule and fibrous tissue surrounding it and stitch back up. Post operative antibiotic, pain releif and cleaning is required, and complete healing takes 2 to 4 months.

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