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    11-22-2011, 03:46 PM
One oddly shaped free donkey

Well, I picked up a free donkey as a friend for my cow (Crimson Moooon ). I really did not look her over too much, but when I got her home everyone asked if she was pregnant. On second inspection, it sure did look to me like she was pregnant... Anyway, I called old owner and asked if this was a possibility. She said there was absolutly no way she could be in the family way. So my question to you is, what could be wrong with her belly? Is she just really fat? Is there anything else that could cause the oddly balloned belly? If she is fat, how do you put a donkey on a diet? I am having the vet out next Tuesday (her day in this area) to have a look at her anyway... just asking opinions on what I have gotten myself into. Thanks!
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    11-22-2011, 03:49 PM
Hmmm before I looked at the pictures, I was thinking maybe she had worms, or just a hay belly...but after looking, only one side ? That's odd!! Be sure to keep us posted when you do find out :)
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    11-22-2011, 03:59 PM
Being only one side would suggest a massive lipoma or possibly a cyst. However, I cannot imagine a cyst that big without other symptoms. When you push on it is it spongy underneath, or firm?
I was going to say worms until I saw the one-sidedness.
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    11-22-2011, 04:36 PM
It is firm, but not rock solid... and shifts sides, sometimes is directly in the middle. She also has a really high stepping walk. I am treating her for a pretty bad case of thrush though. I think that is the likely culprit of the odd high steping. I am worried about a large tumor though. Do you think I should worm her, or hold off till the vet looks her over?
    11-22-2011, 04:47 PM
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I'd definitely have a vet out. Worms usually bloat a horse's (or donkey's) whole stomache, not just one side. I don't think worming her would be a bad idea though.
    11-22-2011, 09:00 PM
I'm curious to hear what the vet says. I was sure she was pregnant until I read the actual text! I have no idea what could cause that kind of swelling that moves from side to side.
    11-29-2011, 10:17 AM
What did the vet say?
    11-29-2011, 12:20 PM
On first look she does look preggo!... and they usually carry on one side and shifting seems to be the norm with that. Check to see if she is bagged up and what her teets look like.

But if there is no possibility of that ...i have known a donkey that had a massive fat deposit on his crest it actually hung to one side. But since this shifts sides this seems unlikely.

If she is that fat...adding some chromium and magnesium to her diet could help ( I know it helps with fat deposits)...
    11-30-2011, 01:02 AM
Weird...Id say preggers until proven otherwise personally. I've gotten a few horses over the years that just could not have been pregnant that had apparently immaculate conceptions. O.o
    11-30-2011, 02:10 AM
She is pregnant. Anyone want a donkey? Lol.
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