To provide the best welfare for your fit healthy donkeys you need to provide the following:
- Companionship, high fibre diet, 24 hour access to shelter, restricted grazing, training and daily handling, mental stimulation, environmental enrichment, daily grooming and health checks, regular veterinary care, regular feet care, regular dental care, illness prevention measures, daily stable management, pasture management and individual care.
- Young, elderly, or donkeys with veterinary conditions may have additional needs and differing management practices.
The following sources of information will provide you with information on what you need to know about keeping your donkeys fit and well.
The Donkey Sanctuary, based in the UK, has published a number of books and fact sheets. These are aimed at owners of donkeys or those considering getting a donkey.
These fact sheets include more detail on various aspects of donkey care and welfare. They provide information on common diseases, management of donkeys at different stages of their lives, dental problems, behaviour including details on mules and hinnies, and poisonous plants to name just a few.
For a full list of these fact sheets, please visit The Donkey Sanctuary's donkey health and welfare section of their website.
The Complete Book of the Donkey
Based on Dr Elisabeth Svendsen's many years of experience. This indispensable book covers all aspects of donkey care and management. The Complete Book of the Donkey is available available to buy on The Donkey Sanctuary's online giftshop.
Introduction to Donkey Care (Stage 1) covers all the core contents of our first course on donkey care, great as a reminder of what’s required or as preparation for having donkeys - available through The Donkey Sanctuary's online giftshop.
Introduction to Donkey Health Care (Stage 2) includes essentials for any donkey owner, helps to set out the management practices that will help to keep your donkey as healthy as possible - available through The Donkey Sanctuary's online giftshop.
If you can’t find what you are looking for, please contact us.