Amite, LA – Dr. Brennan Fitzgerald-Lee, owner of Double Diamond Equine Veterinarian Services, has been working tirelessly since the flood covered Louisiana. The vet hospital has been the epicenter of care for those horses hurt in the disaster. About 30 horses have been treated at the hospital, all free of charge to the flood victims. “These owners will not be receiving a medical bill from us. The vet care is completely free,” Dr Fitzgerald-Lee wrote on the hospital’s Facebook page. The vet hospital has set up a Paypal account for those wishing to donate for the care of the flood horse victims. To donate, send your donation to phone number: 985-974-0229.
Most of the horses that survived the flood waters are met with a long, painful rehabilitation. After standing in the sewage and chemical filled flood waters, the outer layers of the horses skin falls off, similar to a burn victim. The skin sloughs off, revealing raw, tender flesh underneath. The horses suffering from “river rot” require round-the-clock care. “This has never happened before, so in my opinion, something had to have been in the water,” the vet told reporters. “This is like a chemical burn. The skin is just sloughing off, so its almost like a burn patient, so we’re having to really treat those as burn patients.”
The hospital is also treating horses that have other serious injuries, including being tangled in barbed wire or puncture wounds from underwater t-posts.
All photos courtesy of Double Diamond Equine Veterinary Services.
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