donkey clinical examination

Clinical Evaluation and Preventative Care in Donkeys

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Elena Barrio, Karen Rickards, Alexandra K. Thiemann. 3 October 2019. Clinical Evaluation and Preventative Care in Donkeys. The Veterinary clinics of North America. Equine Practice. 35:3. 545-560.

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Publication date: 
3 October 2019
Volume: 
35
Issue: 
3
Page numbers: 
545-560
DOI number: 
10.1016/j.cveq.2019.08.013
Abstract

Clinical evaluation and preventative care in donkeys should follow similar guidelines as for horses. There are species-specific differences due to the desert-adapted physiology of the donkey. Donkeys are mainly used as pack animals, companions and for production of meat or milk - they may be kept well into old age. Diseases often present late or may go unrecognized leading to poor welfare and quality of life. Basic knowledge of nutrition, blood values, pharmacology and common disease recognition will help veterinarians improve the health and welfare of donkeys.

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