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    11-09-2012, 02:02 PM
  #1
Weanling
Exclamation I have no idea what is up with my donkey!

My 20 year old donkey, Grady, is acting kind of weird today. I gave him hay for the first time this year, and at first he attacked it. Then he tightened up, curved his neck and laid back his ears. His back was almost straight! Then he started nibbling hay again. He did that about every 20 seconds and each time he ate less and less hay. After a few minutes he walked away and then back a few times. Then he started nibbling hay again. After that I came back up to the house.

He has never done anything like this before, that I have noticed. Does anyone have any idea what this could be? I attached a picture.
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    11-09-2012, 02:06 PM
  #2
Started
I'd have to assume that he developed a donkey case of 'choke' (if they do that - while they're cute as heck I don't know much about them) and his reactions were to dislodge and get the hay sent on its way. Perhaps wetting the hay will help it go down smoother.
     
    11-09-2012, 02:09 PM
  #3
Weanling
Should I go and check on him? Do I need to do something?
     
    11-09-2012, 02:11 PM
  #4
Weanling
Ok, just checked on him and he looks like he is fine, he is just eating really slowly.
     
    11-09-2012, 02:40 PM
  #5
Started
Please continue to monitor him just to be sure but if he's back to eating and it was an obstruction he may have worked it out. Since you mentioned he is eating slowly, he may also be experiencing some dental problems which needs a vet to help with that.
     
    11-09-2012, 04:20 PM
  #6
Foal
In case he does have choke, I would take his food away & water away per Vet instructions. I lost my old man (30+) because of choke. He coughed up a hay ball but went back to eating so we thought he was fine. However the next am he had snot coming out of his nose. Vet came but could not dislodge since it was a high choke,perhaps complicated by tumor. Anyway we ended up having to put him down. Worst day of my life.......
     
    11-09-2012, 11:29 PM
  #7
Weanling
I'll keep a close eye on him. He seems fine so far, but I'll check him first thing in the morning. Thanks everybody for the help!
     

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