We have been having some incredibly stormy weather this month - wind, snow, rain, power outages - very chilly indeed!
The donkeys hate it and choose the safety of the barn, especially Deenah who really feels the cold. She is so thin even though she gets lots of extra hay. I have her on some homeopathic remedies to aid her digestion as well as lemon juice ( 2 tsp. daily) herbs for her stomach and vitamin B12. I'm hoping this regime will help her. This is all on the advice of Marijke at Riva's Remedies in Armstrong. BC. They are holistic equine specialists and I turned to them for some alternative therapy specific problems.
The donkeys are also battling itchiness which has resulted in bald patches that I have been treating with tea tree oil + calendula + golden seal. The problem causing the itchiness has not been determined but I suspect lice which are common at this time of year, especially in animals with thick winter coats.
Tomorrow I will buy a "nit" comb and see if I can actually find anything crawling - so far I can't identify a louse but I bet they're there! Awful! And it's too cold for shampooing. There's a lice powder that many people use liberally but I am resisting as it's toxic stuff.
Luckily there are a few breaks in the weather now and then and I have been able to get everybody out and trotting around to exercise their limbs. Siog gets particularly squirrley if she's cooped up in the barn for too long.