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Another Colic Episode
#1
This time it was a donk!

We'd been gone all day on Saturday (Jan. 25th) and I ran into feed before we went to the house so I just threw hay & feed out and took off but didn't notice anything amiss. Joe was fine, Woody was fine and Indy was there and eating too so I think he was fine then.

Sunday morning, I didn't see him in the lot with Joe & Woody and found him laying in the stall area and he was covered in shavings so had been rolling. I got him up and he went out into the pasture but went off by himself and didn't eat. I caught him & gave him a dose of banamine about 10:30 but he didn't seem to feel any better. Doc Bill came out Sunday evening and he tubed him, gave him pepto bismal and a shot of banamine. Doc Bill was concerned about him though.

He still wasn't eating on Monday other than just mouthing a few pieces of hay. I started him on omeprazole (which was a battle) on Tuesday but I wasn't seeing much improvement. Wednesday, he did start eating but he only wanted dead leaves! He was eating dead dried up brown leaves but no hay and just a tiny bit of grain. Thursday, he ate a bit more hay and was picking at grass and EATING DEAD LEAVES. UGH.

Friday, I wormed him with Panacure. He was eating a little better by then and was pretty much back to normal this past Sunday and has been fine since.

The only thing I can think of is that during the below zero nights and single digit days, the wimpy float heater I had to use when the bottom heater died couldn't keep a big enough hole in the stock tank for his liking. There was a hole where he could have gotten a drink if he wanted and apparently Joe & Woody had no issues with it. Other than that, there is nothing that changed. I finally found another bottom heater which keeps the water warmer and there is no ice at all now so if that was the problem, it shouldn't happen again.

I am so ready for spring.
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#2
So Indy is ok now? This is very unusual, since donkeys are generally so hardy! I can't figure out the part about eating dead leaves! What kind of leaves? Do you supposed there might have been something medicinal in them that gave him some pain relief?

EZ2SPOT
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#3
Colic is scary stuff. Glad he is back eating again. Hope it was just the lack of drinking. Perhaps he has a tooth problem that is sensitive to cold water?

We have a waterheater in the tank room and run a hose out to the tank and fill it with warm water and, touch wood, it has been working well for us.

When the waterers in the barn freeze we pail water with warm water too.
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#4
So indy is ok?
This winter has been something eles.
Were is Spring,i think 41 Day's away!
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#5
Thanks guys...

Indy is fine now and being his usual contrary self. He's heehawing and snorting when he's waiting for his feed and bugging Woody! I haven't noticed him eating dead leaves but of course that's hard to do when they're buried under snow & ice. [Wink]
Karen ~ Trails  
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Paoli, IN

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#6
Great news!
Colleen who hopes to have a horse soon.

The air of heaven is that which blows between a horse's ears -- Arabian proverb

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#7
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Originally posted by PaintGal

Thanks guys...

Indy is fine now and being his usual contrary self. He's heehawing and snorting when he's waiting for his feed and bugging Woody! I haven't noticed him eating dead leaves but of course that's hard to do when they're buried under snow & ice. [Wink]



Phwew!
Good on YOU for doing all the right things.
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#8
Just catching up...sorry to hear about Indy , glad Indy is better. Colic is a scarey thing, lucky never had to go throughit having read your ordeals. Stay well Indy!
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