Caring for a miniature donkey is akin to caring for a miniature horse. Horses or miniature ponies need some elevated care, and miniature donkeys are no exception.
The donkeys have a Mediterranean origin and can live until 45 or 50 years of age. The miniature donkeys usually reach 80 cm and weigh between 100 and 200 kg.
We will briefly review its history and characteristics to advise you on the care and prevent you about your most common diseases.
The miniature donkeys are a race of donkeys from the islands of Sardinia and Sicily.
They were formerly used to transport water from wells and supply water to villages in the shepherds’ mountains. Now, almost extinct in their native land, they have become a popular mascot in the United States, especially in the southern states.
Approximately 500 were imported into the United Kingdom from North America and, just like in the US, the British are also turning these cute animals into pets. Little by little, they are gaining popularity in the rest of Europe.
The most common color (or layer) is gray and brown-chocolate. Other colors are also possible, including black, slate gray, cream, and many others.
Miniature Donkey Care
The minimum care is related to proper nutrition, cleanliness of the helmets, vaccines, deworming, and all those basic care that every animal that lives with us should receive.
They should have a place with enough space to run and exercise. In this place will be where we will place enough food and clean water. It is usually considered as a minimum space an enclosure of about 80 square meters, with a part of that space covered so that the burrito can shelter in case of bad weather. In the same way, it will be in this space where we will place your food and drink.
Diseases of the miniature donkey
Miniature donkeys are very resistant animals that under normal conditions are shown as healthy animals, but, of course, to maintain this good health, some guidelines must be followed.
Deworming should be done every 6-12 months. This is an important aspect and, fortunately, in the market we have a wide variety of worming pastes. In general, they should be administered at specific times of the year. You will have to consult with the veterinarian about the planning of the parasite elimination regime for each year. If internal parasites are not eliminated by periodic deworming, burros can suffer internal tissue damage that, in the long term, will shorten the life of your animal.
The helmets of the burritos should be trimmed once a year depending on the weather and the mobility of the animals. Their helmets are very elastic and do not wear out in the same way that horses do, but if they are allowed to grow they can cause permanent damage.
It is important to vaccinate donkeys against tetanus. When buying the animal, we will ask the seller for the vaccination form, in order to follow the account.
In the toilet part, the skin of the burro should be brushed regularly, using a stiff brush on its body and a brush with soft bristles around the face and belly. This practice will not only increase the confidence between the burrito and the owner, but also we can check if there are cuts, chafing or skin bites.
We will not forget to check the state of the denture periodically. Any injury or tooth in poor condition could lead to serious health problems.