Help My Donkey Has A Bald Spot

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Donkeys evolved from the desert. Donkeys’ fur and hooves do not like to stay wet.

Donkeys can get bald patches any time of the year. Donkeys love to grab (bite) the neck, hip and nip at the legs sometimes pulling large chunks of fur out. When you see this put a little neosporin on the skin. Then there is lice the most common in donkeys due to the birds, immune system and the long fur coat on the donkey. Please check your donkeys body every day.

Bald patches on donkeys normally develop in the spring, late winter and fall but can occur any time of the year. Donkeys have longer hair than a horse. Donkeys are more susceptible to rain rot than horses. Make sure your donkey has access to shelter as clumps of hair fall out and bald patches develop. Check for lice, ticks, and mites. ULTRA BOSS oil based work much better than powders due to the donkey’s thick and long fur coat. Pour down the top of the neck to the end of the tale, (do not get in the eyes) rub in deep with a brush to get past all the thick donkey fur. Repeat in two weeks as this will kill the lice but not the lice eggs.  The second dose kills the eggs.

As soon as the weather is 70 degrees give a good bath with antiseptic soap and cream rinse. I never spray water in my donkeys or horses’ faces. I wash gently with the washcloth.    Select Virbac Epi-Soothe Shampoo
If after doing all of the above your donkey still has lice and sores contact your vet. Ask for a full physical and blood test for Cushing’s.  Sadly, the immune system is attacked when a donkey, horse, or mules has Cushing’s.

GOD bless you and your family two and four-legged!

Melody Johnson

Donkey Whisperer Farm ®

7 thoughts on “Help My Donkey Has A Bald Spot

  1. I just cam across this little mini donkey with the all on your page. I just got a mini donkey. Her name is MINNIE. She looks EXACTLY LIKE this gal! All the fat pockets are in the same exact place. Is this YOUR donkey? It would be great if I could find some history on the one I just acquired.