Friday, August 14, 2015

Sparkling Donkey Teeth Thanks to American Dentist

Aruba Bound

Pictured above Blanca, Darlene Conserva, dr. Peter Conserva en dr. Ricardo Contreras Oduber

The volunteers of Aruba's Donkey Sanctuary have been taking care of their donkeys for years now: they feed them and they provide first aid when needed. Professional medical aid is given by Dr. Ricardo Contreras Oduber, who has a clinic in Noord. With a herd of some 130 donkeys there is almost always a reason to call for the vet.

But the doctor is not only required when there have been accidents; to prevent medical problems action is needed. And, starting at the beginning of this year, we now offer our donkeys a regular dental check-up. A horse veterinarian (dentist) from America (Connecticut) loves to vacation on Aruba; sometimes he and his wife fly down three times a year. And when on the island, he comes to the Sanctuary to spend at least one day with our donkeys.Then Dr. Peter Conserva and his wife Darlene checks the teeth of his patients: brushing, extractions and fillings are the name of the game on that day!

Together with our own Dr. Ricardo Contreras Oduber, the couple works hard to keep the Aruban donkeys healthy and happy. It is fun to see the giant electrical dental brush that the American dentist uses, buzzing away: it looks like a big drill with a special extension that makes the teeth of Aruban donkeys sparkle and shine.