How JustAnswer Works:
  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.
Ask Dr Linda Your Own Question
Dr Linda
Dr Linda, Veterinarian
Category: Large Animal Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 1188
Experience:  I am a practicing veterinarian with over 20 years experience in a mixed animal practice.
Type Your Large Animal Veterinary Question Here...
Dr Linda is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

I am ***** ***** Norman and am feeding a miniature donkey abandoned

Customer Question

I am ***** ***** Norman and am feeding a miniature donkey abandoned at birth. Bottle feeding Unimilk and baby is 2 weeks old yesterday. Eats well, very lively, but has developed scours. Just gave him a dose of Pepto Bismol in his bottle. What else can I do?
JA: Thanks. Can you give me any more details about your issue?
Customer: What else do u need to know?
JA: OK got it. Last thing — Large Animal Vets generally expect a deposit of about $18 to help with your type of question (you only pay if satisfied). Now I'm going to take you to a page to place a secure deposit with JustAnswer. Don't worry, this chat is saved. After that, we will finish helping you.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Large Animal Veterinary
Expert:  Dr Linda replied 1 year ago.
Hello, this is Dr. Linda. I hope I can help with your question this evening.I am so sorry for your concerns with your little donkey baby. I have miniatures, & there is almost nothing cuter than a baby donkey!Since this is an orphan, I will strongly suggest that you contact an equine veterinarian to examine this baby, especially to check the IgG, or immune levels in his blood. If he did not receive much of his mother's first milk, called colostrum, he may be significantly immunocompromised & therefore susceptible to all infections ( bacterial, viral, & parasitic ), & diarrhea is a very common manifestation.We often will give Pepto-Bismol, 3-4 ounces/ 45 kg every 2-3 hours, or Kaopectate, 3-4 ounces/45 kg , also every 2-3 hours, but I really encourage you to have this baby checked for his immune status first. He may also be unable to tolerate your milk replacer, may require electrolytes to correct dehydration & imbalances, antibiotics, & possible a plasma transfusion. It can get complicated.I am sorry that I can not give you a simple remedy for your baby donkey's diarrhea, but I hope I have highlighted some issues that may be of concern.Please let me know if you have any further questions. I am going offline soon, but I will check back again tomorrow morning.Thank you.