Thor was rescued from desperate circumstances - he was found in a makeshift pen under a bridge in the city with no water or feed. As well as obviously having being neglected and malnourished he had multiple wounds on his body. He was taken into care by the rescue services and his luck changed: A mother and daughter team in the Midlands took him home and started the long process of care required to nurse him back to health.
Thor was lethargic, with his head held low and having difficulty in eating due to swelling and pain in the jaw. Also what initially was thought to be a small wound due to a tight head-collar under the jaw, on closer inspection it was clear that there was infection present accompanied with a nasal discharge. The vet was called and Strangles was diagnosed. Strangles is a highly infectious upper respiratory tract infection caused by the bacteria streptococcus equi resulting in swollen lymph glands around the jaw. The vet felt that antibiotics would be contraindicatory and so his carers, having attended a Zoopharmacognosy talk/demo, contacted us asking what they could use from the Zoopharmacognosy Kit. The following antibacterial essential oil were sent to Thor: Garlic, Clove, Bitter Almond, Thyme, Yarrow, Lemon and Basil as well as the emotional comfort oils Linden Blossom (trust), Violet Leaf (fear) and Jasmine (comfort) absolutes. Immune stimulants Barley Grass and Dandelion root powder were also part of Thor's recovery package. Thor's care givers offered daily and Thor took on selecting with gusto! His selections and level of interest in the various oils varied from day to day (as one would expect) with Basil being one of the firm initial favourites (requested ingestion) along with Clove and Bitter Almond. As the days progressed Garlic was selected as well as Yarrow - both of which up until then had not been selected. Thor also allowed Dead Sea Mineral Mud to be applied between his jaws thus drawing the infection out. Barley Grass and Dandelion root powder remaining strong favourites throughout.
Thor's speed of recovery is impressive - today his care givers (14 days after being rescued) tell me that when being led out to the paddock he is getting quite full of himself, pulling on the lead rein and even giving a little buck! He is eating well, putting on condition and starting to Love life again.
Well, well done Team Thor!