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Why Does My Donkey Have Bald Spots?


Seems donkeys attract more stuff having all that fluffy donkey hair so be proactive and help them out if they are rubbing and have bald spots. Just thinking about how much they are itching and need your help should motivate you to find out what is the cause. Please always call your Vet (DVM) if you are not sure what is causing the baldness.

External Parasites: All equine are prone to external parasites; flies, fleas, lice, and the ever-popular”no see ums”. We recommend always using an external fly spray in the summer to protect your equine from biting flies, horse flies and mosquitos. Donkeys are particularly prone to lice in the cooler months (November-April). We don’t really know why, but unlike horses, donkeys have a high susceptibility to lice. It is theorized that the lice originate with birds and that the bird droppings get on trees and wooded areas. Add moisture and the heavy down coat of the donkey and you have a perfect environment for lice. Because most donkeys in the Pacific Northwest are kept in wooded areas they tend to contract the lice by browsing and scratching on the trees, stumps and brush. Being infected with lice is no small health issue, if it gets bad enough donkeys develop bleeding sores, hair loss and can even become anemic and ill. It is important to treat your donkey for lice. Be careful! Choose wisely! Ask your veterinarian!

This spring has been especially wet in the Pacific Northwest Rocket Man came up with a huge bald spot on his face no doubt from ithing.  I clipped the small amount of hair that was itching on his face to see what was going on and then applied betadine scrub to steralize the outchie.  Next I apply cortizone cream too the itcy spot.  Medication is courtseys of Mas Ass Acres care takers.

Fly predators really works so give it a try and stop the anoying fly problem that comes with equine poop it really works, I highly suggest picking the pasture, and padddock and composting.  Buzz off  works when placed on the pole of the donkey probably the best so far for lice.

Marigold fly spray for all insects works and smells good with the bonus of being all natural no toxins Shop around for the best prices just showing you what these items look like to help you keep your donkeys, horses and mules in optiumum health as it is our job as equine owners to care for them they cannot do it themselves.

What to do for sores?


Select  Donkeys Living In The Pacific Northwest Rain Sores and Self Mutilation - Please call the vet if you can’t help the donkey on your own.

GOD bless you and your family two and four-legged!


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11 replies

  1. Down home in Mississippi, we always had marigolds planted around our milking barn and around the areas where our horses ate their hay, grains, and drank water from the troughs in the barnlot. We ALWAYS sprayed in warm months, usually March through early November.

  2. Aside from the standard lice powder and shelter, adding some garlic powder to any supplements you give them (I realize burros can subsist on very little and don’t usually need supps, but it’s a good way to sneak the garlic in) helps detract parasites on the inside and outside. Just have to be careful with it, I dose a couple of tablespoons for 2-3 weeks and then stop for 1-2 weeks, then start again, and give probiotics to keep their pH balanced. I’ve had good luck with it to help keep away bugs and deter other nasties. For rain rot as well as open sores and other booboos I’ve used colloidal silver which I spray directly onto the areas, no need to dilute it. For rain rot, after that I apply some diaper rash (zinc oxide) which will often help the hair grow back more quickly and help keep moisture off the skin. For general open sores and other boo-boos I also use Granulex spray, it is spendy but worth every penny.

    I’ve had success with diluting tea tree oil on rain rot areas but I found it’s best to do a test spot to make sure your baby doesn’t have a reaction of any kind.

    Other helps I’ve used to battle rain rot and for general maintenance are loose minerals for zinc, copper, manganese and iron, etc., and selenium trace mineral blocks.

    Burros being designed for desert climates, you have a challenge, for sure, keeping them dry as possible in the PNW!

    I love your blog and your photos, beautiful!

    1. Hello,
      Love your blog too great job helping the equine. I am very careful with the diet of my donkeys as well they are very sensitive require low sugar/protiene hay and loose salt, white salt, clean water and a few stumps and roots to eat. They are such easy keepers. Thank you for reading my blog and taking a moment to share what works for your farm.

  3. Your babies are just darling, and your photographs really catch their expressiveness and mirror back the love and care they’re given. So many more need to be so fortunate!

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