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post #1 of 9 Old 02-08-2013, 11:21 PM Thread Starter
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Help please!

We went out to the pasture this morning and Our 9 month old donkey wouldnt get up. We pulled him into barn on a tarp and he hasnt gotten up since! He's still moving but he's so weak he can't sit up. We have been propping him up every once in a while. He Is dehydrated so weve been pumping him with fluids. The vet came out and clarified it Isnt colic. His abdomen Is very rigid and hard like a balloon! Does anyone have any remedies or advice to help him? Please help him pull through! Everyone please pray for Graham that he will get better and live a Long happy life!
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post #2 of 9 Old 02-08-2013, 11:28 PM
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What did the vet say? I would have asked the vet these questions, as he has the degree in animal medicine.
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How did the vet 'clarify' it wasn't colic? Sounds possibly like gas colic or an impaction to me. What did the vet say/do?? If nothing much, do you have any other (good equine) vets in the area for a second opinion? Sounds like he needs urgent attention!

Assuming you can't get any good veterinary attention, *I'm not a vet or medical expert* but I'd consider drenching him with Epsom salts to 'flush him out' & also help combat effects of gas colic/acidosis. Any chance he's got into grain or sweet feed or some such? Or eaten something else he's reacted to?
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He gets grain but the correct amount. Its not to much! I just need some personal remedies you like using or help a lot!:)
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post #5 of 9 Old 02-08-2013, 11:53 PM
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What did the vet say?????

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post #6 of 9 Old 02-08-2013, 11:59 PM Thread Starter
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Im not sure. I had to go to school and I got home while it was very hectic and only got the news it wasnt colic! Sorry I can't get you more info guys. Im probably not being very helpful but please keep Graham in your thoughts and prayers so he gets better!
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post #7 of 9 Old 02-09-2013, 12:08 AM
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Can't give remedies when we have no idea what's wrong, excepting that if it is colic, so long as it's not an obstruction, Epsom Salts MAY help. And NO amount of grain or starchy, sugary food is 'right' for a donkey IME! Still sounds likely colic to me, altho with so little info, you need to appreciate it's very much a guess.
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Thank you! And again sorry for such little info but you guys are still really helping!
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post #9 of 9 Old 02-09-2013, 06:38 AM
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Any animal that is prone and cannot get up is in real trouble.. especially a male as pee-ing is an issue. The only thing I can tell you is that the longer he is down, the less likely he will be to get up. This does not mean he will never get up.. but every 12 hours down decreases the likelihood.

Keep getting fluids in him. The Vet should have taken a blood sample to make sure the Ca/P ratio was ok along with checking a lot of other things. So many things could be wrong.....

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