Burn Rescue

Burn Rescue

David Sparks Ph.D.
David Sparks Ph.D.
I wanted to share this letter from a young veterinarian who is working on relief for the livestock typically (cattle and horses) that have suffered burns and lung damage in the Okanogan and  North Central Wa. Area.  While this is just one region, I am hearing the same stories from CA and OR and seeing horrendous photos of animals burned online. The outpouring of help and aid  has been incredible but more medicines are needed . There are people donating fencing for the acres of ranch fencing that has been destroyed, hay, feed and time to clean pens at fairgrounds and other relief facilities .  One aspect of the story that is not covered is that how lung damage predisposes these animals to pneumonia, especially venerable are the fall calves.


 Hi there! My name is Jennifer Wade and I am a mixed animal veterinarian in Walla Walla WA. I wanted to take a minute to call attention to the medications we desperately need to treat large animals affected by the devastating wild fires in North Central Washington.

Additionally, I will explain some of what is needed and why and bring attention to the cost, routinely being absorbed by local veterinarians or private donations.

1. SSD ointment: This is a burn ointment, no other explanation needed, ranges from $10-60 depending on size. As you can imagine a great deal of this ointment is needed.

2. Extended release cattle antibiotics: smoke damages lung tissue which creates a perfect environment for pneumonia to set up shop. While they are out of immediate fire danger the damage caused by smoke can set them up for fatal pneumonia. Cost $400-1,000 depending on size. (can treat multiple animals with 1 bottle)

3. Horse antibiotics: same reasons as previously stated for cattle. Similar costs as well.

4. Banamine: This is an anti-inflammatory and pain reliever

These are the major things we are in desperate need of. If you or an organization you are affiliated with are able to donate money to help cover the costs of these and other medications please follow the link my Mom is inserting at the end of this Post.

Thank you to all the first responders helping get these animals to safety and to all the veterinarians who are donating their time and resources to help these animals.

Thanks for reading this and I hope you can help.

Jennie Wade

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