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May 05, 2005

Treat of the Week - Special Sandwiches

Every once in a while you will find yourself needing to give your donkey or mule some kind of medicine or wormer that he may not want to take. Here is one little trick that you can use to solve that problem.

Ever few weeks you need to worm your donkeys, but there are some kinds of worming paste that they may not particularly like the flavor of. One that my donkeys don't really like is Equimectrin paste wormer. So what you can do is give your donkey or mule special sandwiches that they think are a great treat, and hide the wormer paste somewhere in one of the sandwiches.

Here's how you do it. Put two slices of bread on a plate and cut them down the middle into 4 quarters - smaller squares. I prefer to use whole wheat bread for mine. That is what we usually eat at home, and I figure it probably has more flavor to help mask the meds.

Once you have your 4 mini bread slices cut, start filling the sandwiches with good things to eat. I like to liberally coat the middle of my sandwiches with molasses. I lay out one mini slice. Then pour about a teaspoon of molasses on top of it. Then I put another slice on top to finish the sandwiches. I make a nice supply of these un-medicated sandwiches.

Then I take them out to the barn, and prepare to serve this delicacy. I start by picking my first donkey to worm, and measure out their proper dose of wormer into one of the sandwiches. Then I take that sandwich and several un-medicated ones to the chosen donkey. I praise them for being such a good donkey, and give them one of the pieces of the un-medicated bread. Most donkeys love this treat, and will gobble it down and beg for more. Once they've gobbled down one or two slices of the plain bread with molasses, I offer them the paste wormer sandwich. Usually they grab that one, too, and don't even hesitate to munch it up and look for more. I then give them one last plain piece as a final treat.

Some donkeys have extra sensitive taste buds, and quickly learn to detect the smell of wormer inside these sandwiches. When offered the special sandwiches they will carefully sniff the sandwich to determine it's contents, and if they smelled wormer, they turn up their nose and leave. I have ended up having to just squirt the dose of wormer directly into those donkeys' mouths. But for most donkeys, the sandwiches make worming sessions a lot easier and more enjoyable for all of us!

Kristie Jorgensen

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Posted by Kristie Jorgensen at May 5, 2005 10:04 PM