Join Date: May 2012
Location: Missoula, Montana
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...