Pharmacology and therapeutics

Few veterinary products have market authorisation for use in the donkey. Although preparations designed for horses and ponies are often used for donkeys, there are recorded differences between these species in the pharmacokinetics of certain drugs. An understanding of these differences can enable the practitioner to make appropriate therapeutic decisions to achieve maximum efficacy of medication and reduce the risk of toxicity.

Medicines are included in this chapter only where it has been recorded that there is a notable difference between donkeys and the horse and pony.

Clinicians are advised that they must consult current equine formularies and datasheets. Owners should be informed accordingly and it is imperative that the appropriate national legislation is adhered to.

While we have made every effort to ensure that the content of this chapter is currently accurate, we accept no liability for any loss, damage or expenses arising as a result of relying solely on the information contained within the formulary in this book.

It can be difficult to estimate the weight of a donkey and therefore determine effective dosing regimes. A donkey specific nomogram or a donkey specific weigh tape should be used to estimate weight.

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