If a donkey is found to have PPID, there are long-term treatment options available. Obese donkey with typical fat deposits, an ideal candidate for testing for equine metabolic syndrome There are a number of regimens to test for PPID (McGowan 2003). Heavy fat deposits over lumbar area and base of tail. Ribs not palpable dorsally. Withers broad, bones felt with firm pressure. The Donkey Sanctuary DONKEY BODY CONDITION SCORE CHART UK Fat deposits may be unevenly distributed especially over the neck and hindquarters. It’s unhealthy. She’s a … He was really perplexed - was it possible for an animal to be skinny and fat at the same time? When calculating the energy demands of your donkey, it is important to know that their body weight cannot be estimated using a girth weight tape intended for horses. Large, often uneven fat deposits covering dorsal and possibly ventral aspect of ribs. Feeding vegetable oils, especially omega-3 fatty acids, and supplements that contain biotin may also help promote healthier skin. Body condition scoring of donkeys will also require a different mindset from that used with horses since donkeys deposit fat somewhat differently than horses. Obvious abdominal distention. He had slimmed the animal down to the point that its ribs were showing, and yet, there were those fat deposits. Careful assessment of all areas should be Fat deposits evenly placed. Most authorities think that the name comes from dun (the usual color) and the suffix "ky," meaning small. DONKEY BODY CONDITION SCORE CHART Accurate Body condition scoring is a hands-on process for feeling the amount of muscle and fat that are covering the donkey’s bones. Donkey —The word, taken from England, has an uncertain derivation. Donkeys allowed to graze freely on rich pastures may be prone to obesity, laminitis (founder) and hyperlipidemia (excess of fat in the blood). 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Waist and abdominal tuck absent. … I’m talking fat deposits on her ribs and neck. 5/5 9/9 Dogs: Massive fat deposits over thorax, spine and base of tail. She’s about nine and pastured with horses. During winter months, when there is little grazing, we give our donkeys an evening feed consisting of Alfa A and pasture mix to supplement their diet. In the case of a donkey, the answer is, yes. Cats: Shared characteristics of BCS 7 and 9. When calculating the energy demands of your donkey, it is important to know that their body weight cannot be estimated using a … No abdominal tuck. Because PPID also affect body fat and muscle, a donkey may present with a “potbelly” and lethargy. Some resistant fat deposits may be retained in the event of weight loss and/or may calcify (harden). Any suggestions on how to get this girl to lose some weight? ) neck thick, crest bulging with fat and may fall to one side this girl to lose some?... 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