Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: South East Texas
I'm with everyone else on this one. Your donkey looks very much like ours, although ours has buildup mostly around his belly area and shoulders. There isn't a thing you can do about it, but follow everyone's advice closely and get her off of the grain/bermuda hay immediately.
Our donkey came to us in this condtion and with a fallen crest. At first, we though that he was extremely wormy, so had a fecal done. He had no worms. Thats when the vet told us about adipose fat. He had unfortunately already foundered by the time we got him (though his old owner didn't realize it) and he was in fairly significant pain. However, after some corrective trimming and a huge diet change (he was being fed 12% sweet feed and grass of all things!) he made a big turn around and is now very healthy. However, he still does have the fat build up and its been three years. He also has to be trimmed every four weeks rather than every 7, like our jack. We have him on a flake and a half of cow hay a day (he's a miniature donkey, which is why he gets so little), stuff we wouldnt even think about feeding our horses- and he looks great.
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