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Donkey Health Issues


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Hoof Soaking for Abscesses

November 2019

By Sally DeNotta, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
This article was provided to TDA by J.P. Dubey, a
Microbiologist with the USDA ARS Animal Parasitic
Diseases Laboratory who is newly-elected (2010) to
the Agricultural Research Service Hall of Fame.


Of all domesticated animals, horses are the most sensitive to botulism. While being rare, this condition triggers a potentially fatal flaccid paralysis. This video will help you understand the causes of botulism and recognise its early signs.

Broken Crests in Donkeys
by Dr. Lyle G. McNeal

Donkeys are NOT Small Horses
A Veterinarian Guide to Jack Castration

New Veterinary Guide to safe and
successful jack donkey castration.
Produced by Longhopes Donkey Shelter.
Featuring Jennifer Casebeer DVM.
Filmed by Chuck Richardson.

Colic: Equine Public Enemy #1
By Erin D. Malone, DVM Diplomat,
rican College of Veterinary Surgeons

Cushings Disease
Information Coming Soon

Dummy Foal Syndrome
(Neonatal Maladjustment Syndrome)

EHV-1 - Equine Herpesvirus Type 1

Equine Herpesvirus (EHV) Myeloencephalopathy
A Guide to Understanding the Neurologic Form of EHV Infection)


Red Bag Delivery

Below is a link to an instructional video taken of a red bag delivery. It gives a great visual of what it looks like and how to handle the situation.

WARNING: This video is very graphic and may not be suitable for all audiences.

Here is their web page with more helpful information:
Permission was given by owner to post. Filly is doing great. Thank you to these people for sharing such a helpful video!

Ringworm in Equines


An explanation of one of the most commonly
encountered respiratory diseases affecting equidae.

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