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Tom, how's your donkey doing?
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Saddlebum    Posted 08-02-2002 at 19:30:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
Did your vet make it out--hope your critter is okay!

Tom A    Posted 08-03-2002 at 03:56:06       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi Saddlebum!

Short answer is "he's fine." It took 2 vets, though. Our regular vet is not seeing large animals right now 'cuz she's overdue with her second kid and doesn't want to get bumped or hurt...perfectly understandable. After your advice, we called her replacement (actually her boss) who is just a mile up the road. He came out and basically said "30 year old donkey in bad shape, he's just gonna die, might as well get used to it." Got smart and called the other vet--from across the county. He came out, tubed Murphy and flushed his stomach out good. Said he didn't feel any real blockage, but that there might feel some scarring from previous episodes (think I told you he'd been seized after 15 years of abuse) so he'll be prone to this the rest of his life. Anyway, within 1/2 hour after tubing, he was begging for his dinner bucket, and he is 'right as rain' this morning.

thanks for the advice!

Saddlebum Yayyy for Murphy!    Posted 08-03-2002 at 08:25:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
So glad to hear it. Murphy could easily have another ten years in him...don't donkeys live a long time? I've always heard they usually outlive horses. Murphy sounds like a real survivor, and he's sure lucky to have you. A friend of mine in Texas has been trying to get her husband interested in her horses for years, without success, until last year he suddenly got bitten by the donkey bug, and now they have four rescued donkeys! She says donkeys are habit-forming. :-)

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