Management of laminitis in the donkey

Alexandra K. Thiemann
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Laminitis is seen relatively frequently in first opinion equine practice and affects all breeds of horse, pony and donkey. Studies in the UK of companion donkeys  gives a prevalence that approximately 4% of donkeys suffered a laminitic episode in the preceding 12 months, of which 54% were chronic cases and 46% acute.

While there are many similarities in the diagnosis, management and treatment of laminitis in donkeys and horses, knowledge of the species specific differences will provide better treatment for donkey patients. This presentation will cover how to recognise laminitis in the donkey, and the treatment and management of acute and chronic cases.