Parasites can be internal or external and come in hundreds of forms. Donkeys can contract parasites and their larva through contact with feed, dirt, birds, squirrels and a host of other sources. All animals are susceptible to parasites and it is the responsibility of the owner to maintain a proper parasite program.
The most common method for the prevention of parasites is to use a de-worming agent available at most feed stores. The products used for de-worming come in many forms and most are acceptable for use in a donkey. Always read and follow the directions. If you are unsure about the proper program for your area, please contact your Veterinarian.
Donkeys that have a massive parasite load should be dewormed with care. Usually a half dose to begin with a normal dose 4 weeks later. Your veterinarian can provide a parasite analysis from a fresh, cool manure sample.
Here at Peaceful Valley, we worm our donkeys every three months. Donkeys are very susceptible to lung worms and there- fore must be treated every six months with an Ivermectrin based wormer. To ensure that we are prepared for all types of parasites and in case they develop an immunity to a specific product, we rotate our worming products as follows:
January Ivermectrin Based
April Anthelmetic Based
July Ivermectrin Based
October Strongid Based