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Even donkeys have annual dental check ups!

Donkeys will start to shed their temporary milk teeth between the age of 2 and 5 years, subsequently the permanent teeth erupt continually and are worn at the chewing surface during eating.

Donkeys will start to shed their temporary milk teeth between the age of 2 and 5 years, subsequently the permanent teeth erupt continually and are worn at the chewing surface during eating.

Dung sampling and worm control

If you see staff standing in a group of donkeys with plastic gloves in their hands you might wonder what is happening. Once a month we collect samples of dung for analysis by our pathology laboratory. When each donkey passes droppings a handful is collected in the glove and the donkey’s name is put onto the outside. Once the whole group of donkeys has been sampled, the samples are taken to the pathology laboratory where they are analysed and numbers of each type of worm egg is counted.

Administering wormer to a donkey

Special care for our elderly donkeys

Around 50% of the donkeys on our farms are over 25 years old and every year we work to improve the facilities and care for the ageing population. Our experience and historical knowledge are unrivalled and we are able to pass on this valuable information to donkey owners everywhere through our welfare officers, training courses, workshops, literature, and by posting information on our website.

Special care for elderly donkeys

Rubber matting and wood shavings

Inside some of the barns our donkeys have been provided with rubber matting which is laid beneath the wood shavings bedding. The rubber provides a warm cushion between the concrete floor and the donkeys’ hooves which is especially beneficial for the elderly donkeys that have hoof problems such as laminitis.

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