Meet Rio our Mammoth donkey. Rio has been in our life since he was nine months old he turns thirteen this summer.
Interesting fact; Mammoth donkeys are rare as they are man-made. Standard or burro donkeys are the normal size donkeys. Miniature donkeys are man-made too. Rio is my riding donkey he stands 16’2 hands tall at the withers not the ears.
Donkeys are human healers. If you ever get the chance to meet a donkey I highly recommend it. Donkeys are truly gifts from God.
DONKEYS EVOLVED FROM THE DESERT – LEARN HOW TO FEED YOUR DONKEY AND KEEP YOUR DONKEY HEALTHY
Donkeys are stoic meaning “Donkeys will not show pain until it is too late.” You must call the vet asap when a donkey is sick. Death comes quickly as the donkey has not shown how sick her or she is. Pick up the poop every day and compost. This way you know how much your donkey is pooping. It is vital to the health and life of your donkey to be alert to your donkeys personality, behavior and life patterns of eating and pooping.
Make sure your neighbors are not feeding your donkey. DONKEYS DIE FROM BEING FED THE WRONG FOODS OR TOO MUCH FOOD OR WOOD, BARK ETC.,
Move the fence and pasture away from people throwing food. Grass clippings, apples, bread etc., can kill your donkey quick.
What are the signs of Colic in a donkey?
Donkeys eyes looked glazed over, head may be low and your donkey looks sick. Or head is moving constantly.
Donkey is refusing to eat and is not acting like his normal behavior off all alone. Not interacting with the rest of the herd or you!
Donkey is pawing, rolling and not stopping this behavior. Some donkeys will roll and paw when bored but this stops quickly. If you see this happening over and over it is time to call the vet. Donkeys die from colic quickly.
Donkey can be shaking
Sweating. A donkey that is sweating is sick and needs a vet asap
Has not pooped. Donkeys should be pooping and urinating often
Donkey refuses to drink or eat. Donkeys love to eat. We must not let a donkey over eat.
Donkey is breathing really fast, check the heart rate
Gums are bright red
What is colic?
Colic is a symptom rather than a disease, and defined as abdominal pain. Colic can be the direct cause of the following issues:
Change of diet – Can not poop. Or blockages meaning food is not being digested, gas
Muscles can be cramping and spasming
The gut has twisted
Ulcers in the stomach
God bless you and your family two and four-legged!
GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY TWO AND FOUR-LEGGED!