Donkeys : Miniature, Standard and Mammoth - A Veterinary Guide for Owners and Breeders

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2010-02-01
  • Publisher: Trafalgar Square Books
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Addressing a common misconception, this handbook explains that donkeys are not horses and that the two kinds of animals are genetically and anatomically quite different. Carefully laying out the special physiological and environmental needs of donkeys, the book educates owners, would-be owners, and breeders about how best to care for their charges while also providing clear technical information on donkey anatomy and behavior, diseases, breeding, and general husbandry. Written with affection for donkeys and their antics, the book goes a long way toward preventing common and sometimes dire mistakes in caring for these interesting animals.

Author Biography

Stephen Purdy, DVM, is a professor of veterinary education and the director of the Camelid Reproduction Center at the University of Massachusetts–Amherst, where he specializes in practical research and educational projects to improve farm-animal health. He lives in Hadley, Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

The History of the Donkeyp. 1
Introductionp. 1
Global Importancep. 3
A Donkey Is Not a Horsep. 7
Differences from a Practical Veterinary Standpointp. 7
Nomenclaturep. 7
Genetic Makeupp. 7
Anatomic Differencesp. 8
Medical Differencesp. 10
Behavioral Differencesp. 11
Nutritionp. 17
Practical Dietary informationp. 17
Feeding behaviorp. 17
Feeding Guidelinesp. 18
Basic Nutritional Needsp. 18
Energy Sourcesp. 19
Vitamins and Mineralsp. 20
Waterp. 21
Hauling and Drinkingp. 21
Winter Feedingp. 22
Overfeedingp. 22
Malnutritionp. 24
Herd Healthp. 27
General Healthp. 27
Intestinal and Lungworm Parasite Controlp. 27
Vaccinationsp. 28
Feeding Practicesp. 29
Dentistryp. 29
Gastrointestinal Parasitesp. 30
Diagnosis and Treatment of Intestinal Parasitesp. 38
Deworming Programsp. 38
Parasite Diagnostic Procedurep. 39
Deworming Medicationsp. 41
Laboratory Tests and Reportsp. 43
Complete Blood Count (CBC)p. 43
Blood Chemistry Panelp. 44
The Coggins Testp. 45
Urinalysisp. 45
Fecal Examinationp. 46
Microbial Culturesp. 46
Cytologyp. 47
Infectious Diseasesp. 51
Infectious Respiratory Diseasep. 51
Viral and Bacterial Infectionsp. 51
Lungwormsp. 54
Diarrhea in Donkeysp. 56
Biosecurity for Donkey Farmsp. 60
Disease Controlp. 60
Transmission of Diseasep. 61
Spread of Diseasep. 61
Pre-Arrival Testing for New Additions to the Herdp. 62
Post-Arrival Procedures for New Additions to the Herdp. 63
Biosecurity for Show Animalsp. 64
Protecting Your Herdp. 64
Disinfectantsp. 65
The Digestive Systemp. 69
The Digestive Tractp. 69
Mouthp. 70
Teethp. 70
Stomachp. 72
Small Intestinep. 73
Large Intestinep. 73
Rectump. 74
Hyperlipemia: Liver Diseasep. 74
Etiologyp. 74
Clinical Signsp. 75
Diagnosisp. 75
Treatmentp. 76
Preventionp. 76
Colicp. 76
Clinical Signsp. 77
Gastrointestinal Tract Abnormalitiesp. 78
Types of GI Tract Colicp. 78
Severity of Clinical Signsp. 79
First Aid Treatmentp. 79
Standard Vet Examsp. 80
Differentiating Surgical from Medical Colicp. 81
Simple Field Medical Treatmentsp. 81
Treatments at Referral Hospitalsp. 82
Factors Associated with Increased Risk of Colic in Horsesp. 83
Musculoskeletal Systemp. 87
Joints and joint Diseasep. 87
Joint Classificationsp. 87
Forelimb jointsp. 89
Hind Limb jointsp. 89
Joint Diseasep. 90
Lameness Diagnosisp. 91
Visual Observationp. 91
Evaluation of Gaitp. 92
Investigating the Cause of a Lamenessp. 92
Interpreting Examination Findingsp. 94
Laminitisp. 95
Causesp. 95
Clinical Signs of Acute Laminitisp. 96
Clinical Signs of Chronic Laminitisp. 98
Treatmentp. 98
Reproductionp. 103
General Overviewp. 103
Reproductive Anatomyp. 103
Reproductive Physiology and behaviorp. 106
Field Breedingp. 108
Hand Breedingp. 108
Artificial Inseminationp. 109
Ultrasound Examination of the Female Reproductive Tractp. 109
Artificial insemination for Miniature Donkeysp. 118
Castrationp. 126
Pregnancy, Neonatology, and Lactationp. 133
Care of the pregnant jennet and Newborn Foalp. 133
Monitoring Pregnancyp. 133
Pre-Foaling Medical Carep. 134
Foaling Processp. 135
Foaling Sequencep. 135
Immediate Post-Foaling behaviorp. 140
Neonatal Exams of Foalsp. 140
Jennet Exam on Foaling Dayp. 141
Passive Transfer of Maternal Antibodies to the Foalp. 142
Lactation and Foal Growthp. 142
Normal Donkey Lactationp. 142
Insufficient Milk Productionp. 143
Lack of Foal Weight Gainp. 144
Guidelines for Foals and Rebreeding jennetsp. 144
Weaning the Foalp. 145
Normal Physical Examination Parameters for Donkeysp. 149
Donkey Reference Ranges for Blood Hemogram and Serum Chemistry Testsp. 150
Resources for Donkey Ownersp. 153
Glossaryp. 154
Indexp. 157
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