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Limping donkey
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jamo    Posted 04-01-2003 at 23:54:18       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I was awakened at 2:30 to a squaking guinea, and then total silence. Convinced something had happened I went to the barn to investigate. My little mini-donkey was down there laying near the doorway and got up to come and see me. He is limping. I think it it one of his front legs. What do I do? I put him in his stall for safekeeping. I'm afraid to even look at his feet for fear of hurting him. The farrier is coming Thursday afternoon. Do I wait? Should I call the vet firtst thing Wednesday morning? Please give me some advice ASAP. Thanks, Jan

Ludwig with levity    Posted 04-02-2003 at 08:46:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
Leave it to me to be the one...
So what you've got there is a lame a$$.

HA HA ! ! !    Posted 04-02-2003 at 09:20:17       [Reply]  [No Email]

Tom A    Posted 04-02-2003 at 02:29:48       [Reply]  [Send Email]
"bad news don't get better with age."

You *must* at the very least examine him yourself ASAP (this morning). If you're scared you'll hurt him, then get a friend who really knows donkeys, or the vet, or see if the farrier will come out today, but get somebody to check him out now. He could have a nail in a hoof, or a sprain, or a cut or... . It could be nothing at all, but if it is something serious then a delay will delay healing or even stop it all together.

just my opinion. Good luck, hope it *is* nothing.

Judy    Posted 04-02-2003 at 10:24:28       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi Jan,

I agree with Tom. I usually like to get the vet out as soon as possible if it's not something that I'm absolutely sure is *very minor*, that I can handle by myself.

Another possibility is that your donkey's lameness didn't have anything to do with whatever awakened you in the night, and it may just be a coincidence that his lameness appeared on the same night. (??????? just guessing outloud here--- :o)--Seems like my horses take fiendish delight in keeping me confused, so I always like to consider every possibility----even the ones that don't seem likely )

If you don't find anything (stone, nail, etc.) in the frog of his hoof, another possibility is founder (laminitis), and if it is founder, the quicker you get a vet to treat him, the more likely you are to have a good outcome. Some folks think that founder is only caused by over eating, but that's not so, there are actually several things that can cause it. When you feel around the outside of his hooves, do they seem hot---or warmer than any of your other donkeys or horses--if you have others? If his foot (feet) feel warmer than usual, I'd sure get the vet. When he stands, does he sort of lean backwards with his front feet forward of where they usually are??? Another sign of founder. (Founder is usually in both front feet, but can be in one front foot---or all four feet)

Once in a while, when it seems that the problem is in the foot, it can be in the shoulder---maybe from being kicked by another horse or donkey, or while running back into the barn, and cutting the turn too close.

Hope that he does OK. Write and let us know about him. No matter how many years we "horse folks" have been in the business-or have had them for pleasure, we can always learn something new about them!!!

It seems that sometimes horses and donkeys just lay awake nights, trying to dream up ways to get injured, or at least *appear* injured or ill---so that we have to spend the night in the barn to watch over them and spend money on a vet call. But--50-er-ah--some years of raising those guys taught me that usually when you don't know what it is, the sooner you call the vet, the better off your horse or donkey is going to end up.

Kindest Regards, Judy

mojo    Posted 04-02-2003 at 00:07:11       [Reply]  [Send Email]
bleeding?! if not, then nothing too critical.
farrier is your best bet
mini-mule? that's a new one, bet the same rules apply. he DID get up to greet you, didn'nt he?!?

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