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Miniature donkey- not eating, laying down. She is pretty

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Miniature donkey- not eating, laying down. She is pretty fat, and we have had alot of rain so her pasture is plentiful
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Could be a lot of things that cause lethargy. The Veterinarian will know how to help the horse. What is the horse's name and age?
Customer: Chloe 5
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Chloe?
Customer: No
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Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Horse Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Loretta replied 4 months ago.

Good Morning and welcome! I am Dr. Loretta, a licensed veterinarian and I am happy to answer your question.

I am so sorry to hear about Chloe's condition....most likely she has foundered. I say this because ingestion of rich pasture in an overweight donkey can cause this and teh fact that she is laying down tells us that her feet hurt. This is usually in only the front feet but can be in all 4. It is very important that you start Chloe on an anti inflammatory medication such as Butazolidin at 1/2 to 1 gm every 12 hrs. Give her only straw and isolate her. If she starts rolling, call your vet right away because this could also be a colic that would require immediate treatment.

Be sure to have your vet examine Chloe as soon as possible because this condition, Laminitis, can be extremely damaging if left untreated.

Does that make sense to you?

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Expert:  Dr. Loretta replied 4 months ago.

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

Dr. Loretta

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