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Thinking About Colic for Donkeys, Horses and Mules

Select Signs Donkey Colic

Select Slow feeder

Clean water is a must! Donkeys love clean water and warm water in the winter. Please understand water is the key to keeping the digestive tract moving. The more water your donkey drinks the better. 


PLEASE CALL YOUR VET IMMEDIATELY! Colic is a symptom rather than a disease, and defined as abdominal pain. Donkeys are stoic will not show pain until it is too late. This means your donkey can die and sadly many donkey do die from the owner not calling the vet. Colic is very painful!

Donkeys are stoic meaning they will never show pain until it is too late! Have your vet out for a physical at least once a year and make sure your vet understands donkeys. Donkeys are not horses with long ears. Everything about a donkey is unique to treat in the vet world. Donkeys digest drugs differently and even need a special coctail to stop sweating, sneezing.

Please make sure your vet makes emergency calls and if he/she does not find a trauma hospital near you that specializes in donkeys to haul in your donkey. Remember your donkey will need his/her buddy to come with him/her to the hospital as donkeys are very sensitive. Their recovery will be much faster if you follow these guidelines.


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

Melody Johnson, Donkey Whisperer Farm, LLC

11 Responses to “Thinking About Colic for Donkeys, Horses and Mules”


    A very good and informative article on Colic. I have had a few times of having to deal with a colicky horse. Thankfully not very often. And also thankfully it was treatable by walking and giving a little medicine prescribed by the vet to help relieve the pain and help get the bowls moving again. At least once, if I remember correctly, walking actually was all that was needed. My mare passed gas and then soon after a very nice bowl movement. The vet was called but didn’t need to come out in that instance. I know if can be very serious. I know I could not afford to have surgery done, and I would have to have the horse put down. Many, many tears would be shed but it would be better than letting the horse suffer. And very good advice on letting anyone taking care of your horses know how to get a hold of you while on vacation. Thank you for a good post.

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