During the last week of January, CCB teamed up with Maun Animal Welfare Society (MAWS) to stage a veterinary clinic for owners of domestic dogs in the Ghanzi District. Visiting Grootlagtle, Qabo, Kuke, as well as Ghanzi itself (which all border wildlife management areas), the objective was to trial and assess the potential for providing such mobile veterinary clinics for owners of guarding and herding dogs, as well as to other domestic dogs living within dispersed rural communities. By extending this opportunity to all dog owners CCB hopes that these clinics will also help to control canine diseases, which can not only be passed to the more valuable guard dogs, but potentially into species such as the vulnerable African Wild Dog.
Over 200 dogs were examined during the Ghanzi District clinics, some owners bringing their animals a considerable distance to attend. Most dogs received vaccinations and treatments to control worms and a total of 24 animals were also sterilized. The response by communities to the clinics, conducted in extremely basic circumstances, was very positive and they of course became a great way to further promote the use of livestock guarding dogs. We hope, as resources allow, to be able to stage more of these clinics as a valuable component of our guard dog and community outreach programmes.