Sick donkey?? We have no idea what's wrong with her.. - The Horse Forum
 3Likes
  • 1 Post By Chevaux
  • 1 Post By deserthorsewoman
  • 1 Post By mangomelon
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 10 Old 07-16-2013, 02:14 PM Thread Starter
Foal
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Missoula, Montana
Posts: 134
• Horses: 1
Sick donkey?? We have no idea what's wrong with her..

I apologize in advance; this is going to be a very long post.

My grandma's donkey has had a lot of issues in the past with abscesses and lameness problems (she is really heavy and on a thyroid medication because she has really low thyroid). We also had a farrier that trimmed her wrong and foundered her a few years ago (we now a new farrier). She came up lame again on June 14 and we gave her some bute.
The vet came out on July 3 and looked at her. He thought it might be another abscess or something. Her foot had a pulse so he told us to give her a higher dosage of bute for a few days to get the inflammation down. We did that and then July 5 she stopped eating and drinking. She nibbled on a few dry pellets but refused to eat her wet food or her hay.
The vet came out again to look at her (he said there were a lot of cases of colic due to weather changes) but we didn't really know what to do with her. She drinks a little bit but not nearly enough. My grandma has continued giving her the bute and thyroid medication by mouth and she will eat a carrot occasionally but we are at a loss about what to do with her and the vet doesn't seem to know either. He said he'd talk to some other vets he knows about what's been going on with her. She hasn't eaten much for over a week and a half (we leave the hay in her stall so she may be nibbling on it a little but there's never a noticeable difference in how much is there.
Her walking has gotten better but the eating thing has me really worried....
If you've had experience with donkeys, I'd love to know what you guys think about this...
Thanks
Margo
mangomelon is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 10 Old 07-16-2013, 02:25 PM
Green Broke
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Minnesota
Posts: 3,444
• Horses: 1
How old? What is her temp? Is she dehydrated? grass to graze on?
poppy1356 is offline  
post #3 of 10 Old 07-16-2013, 02:36 PM
Green Broke
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Canada
Posts: 3,377
• Horses: 0
I'm just tossing this out as there's so many things that it might be and we're not in a position to do any real investigative work here: Bute can be hard on the kidneys/liver if used in higher dosages and for longer periods of time -- if the donkey has health issues already, the bute may then have been enough to tip the scale and affect one/both of those internal organs. So, if they're "playing up", that would affect your donkey's appetite.

I hope it works out well for her.
morganarab94 likes this.
Chevaux is offline  
post #4 of 10 Old 07-16-2013, 02:40 PM Thread Starter
Foal
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Missoula, Montana
Posts: 134
• Horses: 1
Quote:
Originally Posted by poppy1356 View Post
How old? What is her temp? Is she dehydrated? grass to graze on?
She's 10 years old. I assume she's dehydrated because she hardly drinks any water at all ... there's been almost no change in the amount of water in her bucket. She's in AZ so there's no grass for her to eat. We left the hay in her stall but she doesn't want it.
mangomelon is offline  
post #5 of 10 Old 07-16-2013, 02:42 PM Thread Starter
Foal
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Missoula, Montana
Posts: 134
• Horses: 1
Quote:
Originally Posted by Chevaux View Post
I'm just tossing this out as there's so many things that it might be and we're not in a position to do any real investigative work here: Bute can be hard on the kidneys/liver if used in higher dosages and for longer periods of time -- if the donkey has health issues already, the bute may then have been enough to tip the scale and affect one/both of those internal organs. So, if they're "playing up", that would affect your donkey's appetite.

I hope it works out well for her.
I have heard bute can be hard on them... I've been thinking about forgetting about the lameness for now and getting her eating normally again before we try to tackle the lameness issue. I think they are two separate issues that happen to be going on at the same time...
mangomelon is offline  
post #6 of 10 Old 07-16-2013, 02:43 PM
Green Broke
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Minnesota
Posts: 3,444
• Horses: 1
Not eating or drinking for over a week? I'm pretty sure that would mean death so she must be eating or drinking something. Get this horse to a real good vet, obviously a different one than you have now. Get a CBC. I'm with Chevaux that the bute could have damaged organs.
poppy1356 is offline  
post #7 of 10 Old 07-16-2013, 02:49 PM
Trained
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: New Mexico
Posts: 5,685
• Horses: 0
Stop the bute. Ulcers. Try a handful soaked alfalfa pellets to give her thyroid meds, it will also buffer the acids a little. She needs to eat to stop the acids from eating up her stomach walls now. If she takes the soaked alfalfa pellets, give her little portions often of it and eventually switch to alfalfa- grass pellets until she eats her hay consistently.
Endiku likes this.
deserthorsewoman is offline  
post #8 of 10 Old 07-16-2013, 05:24 PM
Green Broke
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Phoenix Arizona
Posts: 4,288
• Horses: 5
What vet you using? If in the Valley use chaparral. If your vet is Dr. Merrell he is not the best at that. He said my bf's tb had strangles, then chaparral came out and lanced the abscess caused by a bad tooth -_-'. He also gave a horse 2 high dose steroid shots within 2 weeks (and is now foundering and did not help her issue at all). I like him but hes better for teeth and stitching than illness.
KigerQueen is offline  
post #9 of 10 Old 07-17-2013, 01:00 AM Thread Starter
Foal
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Missoula, Montana
Posts: 134
• Horses: 1
She's in Prescott. We had Dr. Bleak out to look her. I think we need a second opinion...
KigerQueen likes this.
mangomelon is offline  
post #10 of 10 Old 07-17-2013, 01:12 AM
Started
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Sevierville, TN
Posts: 1,728
• Horses: 4
Maybe coax her with some fresh grass? Get her out and about and go for walks to get her interested and happy. she could be depressed as well as not feeling good. Mental health is also important. Also one of the best ways I have ever gotten a horse that wasnt eating to eat is to put another horse right next to it that is eating. They socially eat. Donks are similar creatures.

She also may need some supportive care with some fluids IV. Id worry about her liver also as something about that will make critters have an upset stomach when it gets out of whack and they wont eat.

If you think she may have ulcers, get some ulcer meds. you will know quickly if they help. We call them blue pop rocks. They are coated specially to work for horses. Free trial here. Abler

Married to my One! 10-11-13 Steampunk style:)
Trinity3205 is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.



User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
I have no idea what is up with my donkey! ParaIndy Horse Health 6 11-09-2012 11:29 PM
Good Idea Or Bad Idea? countryryder Horse Talk 13 10-22-2012 02:10 PM
Idea's for a school master gone wrong FilliesJoinUp Horse Training 18 09-05-2012 05:21 AM
Don't say this around non-horsey people... they might get the wrong idea morganshow11 Jokes and Funnies 43 06-09-2012 03:50 PM
Extra hay, good idea or bad idea? lancek Horse Health 21 01-23-2012 03:39 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome