The Donkey Sanctuary has been bringing veterinary science up to date over the last month by carrying out a study of healthy donkey hearts.
All matters relating to the care of donkeys must be referred in the first instance to the attending vet. However, the Sanctuary is able to provide a support service to veterinary surgeons including analysis of faeces and blood samples, and a referral service enabling donkeys to be admitted to our veterinary hospital for treatment.
Last week I was lucky enough to visit Coco, a gorgeous little orphaned foal who has sadly had a difficult start in life. When I met her, Coco had already experienced bereavement, a change of location and a transfusion – all at the tender age of just five days old.
A four-day-old, orphaned donkey foal in urgent need of a blood transfusion has this week been taken in by The Donkey Sanctuary in order to ensure her survival.
Coco was born on Sunday 9th September, and was orphaned at just two-days old when her mother, who had been unwell during the pregnancy, sadly passed away. As well as the loss of her mother, Coco was also suffering from the lack of antibodies she would have been getting from her mother’s milk, leaving her in urgent need of a blood transfusion to strengthen her immune system.
A nine year old donkey in Kenya is slowly recovering from a horrific branding injury with the help of The Donkey Sanctuary.
The donkey, who is currently hospitalised at The Donkey Sanctuary’s Nairobi clinic, suffered appalling burns to his rump when his owner’s attempt at branding to prevent theft went horribly wrong.
A critically ill young donkey called Rupert now has a chance of survival thanks to The Donkey Sanctuary.
Underweight with long hooves, breathing rapidly, despondent and so weak he was unable to stand or eat, one year old Rupert was discovered by the RSPCA in Morecambe, Lancashire, on Tuesday this week. He was immediately signed over to international animal welfare charity The Donkey Sanctuary to receive the specialist care he so desperately needed.