The care of the foal

Neonate survival is described as a major problem among working donkeys globally.

Risk factors for the survival of the neonatal donkey foal are similar to those for horses and ponies but consideration of the donkey specific differences could improve the survival rate and future health of the donkey.

The lack of preventative care for many female donkeys during pregnancy is an important factor. Programmes for vaccination and parasite control are essential during the pregnancy and an appropriate diet for the pregnant animal is necessary.

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