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Spring Grass Is Dangerous


 

SPRING!

In many parts of the world Spring has arrived and with it bulbs are blooming and birds are singing. It is a joyous time as we all stretch our wings from a long winter slumber, BUT, Spring is also the arrival of one of donkey’s worst enemies…GRASS!

If there is any health threat that is the most difficult to understand and get across to donkey (and all equine) owners it is the extreme dangers of spring/summer grass.

Grass, whether in a pasture, field or lawn has been dormant all winter. In response to increased temperatures and more direct sun, high concentrates of sugar are produced by the root system to signal sudden growth. This sugar is carried from the roots of the grass to the stem. Grass becomes lush and green and brimming with sugar and simple carbohydrates. It is the equivalent of a rich pastry for us human beings.

Our donkey’s have been in mud, cold and gloom for months and we cannot find it in ourselves to keep them from “getting out”, “being in the warmth of the sun” and “doing what comes natural”. BUT, grass is NOT natural for donkeys and is detrimental to their health! As desert dwellers donkeys rarely have access to green grass in the wild. Their natural diet is high fiber woody materials and every inch of their anatomy is designed for this, including their gut and their feet.

The list of health ailments caused by grass consumption in donkeys are numerous, including foot abscesses, colic, Cushing’s Disease, laminitis, metabolic disease and founder. Access to grass is often the cause of death in donkeys.

Remember SAFE GRASS is an oxymoron. No grass is safe for donkeys. Please monitor your donkeys access to grass. NO grass is best, but if you must turn your donkeys out turn them out when the sugar content of grass is at its lowest: Early AM before 10AM and Early PM after 5pm. During these hours the sugar has receded from the stem of the grass back down to the roots. Sugar will be at its lowest. But remember, donkeys love to dig/root up grass and plants, so they are still getting sugar no matter what time of the day it is.

Here at www.donkeywhisperer.com we are dedicated to donkey healthcare and wish you and your donkey a beautiful Spring.

Source: Kelly Probst

GOD Bless You And Your Family Two And Four-Legged!

I Am Waiting For You


I am not a weed eater, brush cutter, pasture ornament nor a guard dog. I am a donkey!

I feel lonely, I get scared, I experience happiness. I long to be with other donkeys, I like to play, I love having YOUR undivided attention and I love to be loved.

Don’t forget me! I am out here waiting for YOU.

Source: Kelly Probst

GOD Bless You And Your Family Two And Four-Legged!

Check Your Donkey, Horse or Mule For Shivering


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Please watch your donkey for signs of hypothermia! By origin donkeys are desert animals and yes, they have adapted to many climates out of survival, but when temperatures get below 20 degrees, they may suffer.

Watch for shaking, tucking of the tail, standing off alone and a decrease in activity, appetite and drinking. Should you see any of these signs immediately blanket your donkey, get him/her into a warm shelter and call your veterinarian. Hypothermia can lead to colic and even death.

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Please check the blanket every day for sores etc., remove when the weather is back to raining and or the donkey is not needing stall rest per your vet. No blanket is 100% waterproof. We need to change them out and use common sense. If you have shelter, slow feeder with hay and warm water and your donkey is not shaking their fur works just fine and drys perfectly. Senior equines, donkeys with sickness can and do need our help while living in domestication. As always discuss this with your vet before the freezing wind and snow comes. Additionally remember trainig your donkey to wear a blanket should be done before the cold comes. 

Need help training your donkey check out our Donkey 101 Series – Video On Demand. Select Donkey Training 101.

Please check your equine for shaking as this is a warning sign that your equine is in distress even with shelter.

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Wild Horses and Burros (Donkeys) Need You To Stop The Round-Ups


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Video does not lie, take a look and see!

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Source Wild Horses Dying In The Heat Wave

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WARNING WATCHING THIS VIDEO IS VIOLENT ABUSE.

I am the voice to change how we train, interact and care for donkeys, horses and mules. I do not advocate any form of abuse of humans or animals. Melody Johnson, Trainer Donkey Whisperer Farm, LLC. 

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Please select the links above and do your best to support the wild donkeys and horses. These animals have no voice. Will you be their voice? 

 

Donkey and Horse Vital Signs, Health and Hoof


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A donkey’s normal heartbeat or pulse rate is 35-55 per minute, depending on what it is doing, and its normal temperature is very close to a human’s at 35.8 to 37.5 deg C.  The table below, compiled by the Donkey Sanctuary, gives some of the variations.  A donkey seems to regulate temperature in much the same way as a human, too, as a donkey sweats for the same reasons that a human does.  A feverish donkey is therefore quite easy to detect.

AVERAGE

RANGE

°C  adult donkey

37.1

36.2-37.8

°F

98.8

97.2-100

°C young donkey

37.6

36.6-38.9

°F

99.6

97.8-102.1

Pulse (beats per minute) adult donkey

44

36-68

young donkey

60

44-80

Respiration

(Inspiration per minute)

adult donkey

20

12-44

young donkey

28

16-48

Ways of scoring a donkey’s ‘body condition’ for general health have been devised, but as yet there is no general agreement as to the applicability of such a score.  Those who know donkeys can usually judge quite easily one which is in good condition, i.e. with coat shining, ears and eyes alert, movement easy, ribs and hip bones adequately covered with flesh, and no wounds.

There is another score for ‘wound and foot care’, but on the whole it does not offer more than good observation and common sense can provide.

What are the signs of a donkey being unwell ?

Among the signs of health trouble in a donkey are the following:

·           Fever (body sweat; muzzle hot and dry)

·           Loss of appetite

·           Drooping ears and maybe also a drooping head

·           Coat rough and dull looking

·           Dull eyes

·           Lack of energy and response

·           Frequently lying down

·           Liquid droppings (diarrhea, known as ‘scouring’)

·           Passing no droppings (constipation)

·           Wrong colours of droppings (i.e. signs of blood, although colour does vary a lot according to diet).

Donkeys on the whole do not show their feelings of pain in very obvious ways, but behave as a human would who is called ‘stoical’, i.e. tolerating pain without complaint.  They may make an initial violent movement of avoidance, but after that they become silent and as nearly as possible immobile in the face of pain and/or fear.  Therefore it is sometimes difficult to know when they are suffering acutely, and their behavior may look like ‘stubbornness’ rather than stoicism.  One indicator of pain or fear can be diarrhea, just as in humans.  Since this may also dehydrate the donkey, it will be adding to its problems if it persists.

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