It’s been a very busy time at Hurfords Farm recently as all the donkeys have been given an all over exam to check for the presence of sarcoids. Sarcoids are a form of skin tumour that can affect all equines and some of our donkeys are very prone to developing them.
They often occur in younger animals and can grow quickly, hence the need for regular checks. In conjunction with Kaz, the farm vet, all the staff gathered together one afternoon to ensure that every donkey was looked at from top-to-toe! This involved feeling all over every donkey, even in the hard to reach places such as the sheath, between the legs and even inside the ears as these are often places we find sarcoids.
If you have a donkey it is important that you get them used to you feeling over every aspect of their skin as regular check-ups for any lumps and bumps can pick up problems early on. The earlier sarcoids, or other skin tumours, are found, the easier they are to deal with which is why all of our donkeys get a regular thorough check. This is something that is easy to do as part of your grooming routine and the more regularly it is done the more familiar you will get with your donkeys skin and any abnormalities you find.
Any lump that was found on our donkeys was measured and compared against previous notes to find out if it had grown. Some donkeys have scars from old sarcoid treatments and it is especially important to keep an eye on these sites to make sure nothing grows back in the same spot.
Our grooms take careful note of these and know each donkey individually so if they find any abnormalities they can point them out to Kaz straight away so the necessary treatment can be started. As you can see it was a real group effort and the donkeys thoroughly enjoyed their hands on time!