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    07-16-2013, 02:14 PM
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Foal
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
     
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    07-16-2013, 02:25 PM
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Green Broke
How old? What is her temp? Is she dehydrated? Grass to graze on?
     
    07-16-2013, 02:36 PM
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Green Broke
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.
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    07-16-2013, 02:40 PM
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Foal
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Originally Posted by poppy1356    
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.
     
    07-16-2013, 02:42 PM
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Foal
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Originally Posted by Chevaux    
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...
     
    07-16-2013, 02:43 PM
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Green Broke
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.
     
    07-16-2013, 02:49 PM
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Trained
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.
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    07-16-2013, 05:24 PM
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Started
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 he's better for teeth and stitching than illness.
     
    07-17-2013, 01:00 AM
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Foal
She's in Prescott. We had Dr. Bleak out to look her. I think we need a second opinion...
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    07-17-2013, 01:12 AM
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Yearling
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
     

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