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Miniature Donkey receives Permanent Tracheostomy

An 8 year old miniature donkey was presented to Stone Ridge Equine Care due to a history of long standing labored breathing, ingesta from nostrils, and pneumonia. Upon exam, Dr. Stone diagnosed the donkey with partial paralysis of the upper airway and recommended a permanent tracheostomy to be performed. A permanent tracheostomy involves creating a permanent hole in the windpipe for the patient to breath through.  The surgery was performed without any complications. Immediately after recovery the patient was breathing without any difficulty. The patient returned for an evaluation 2 weeks after surgery and the difference was remarkable. He had gained weight, his hair coat looked much healthier, and he was breathing without any difficulty. The owner commented that he was now running around the field playing with the horses; something he had not been able to do in the past!

2 Responses

  1. Carolyn McGrew says:

    I just wanted everybody there know that Festus is doing great! Just a totally different little critter thanks to Dr. Stone!

  2. Sue Muncy says:

    Dr. Stone Is the best. No matter what you bring him he “stays calm and doctors on” to take care of the problem.

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  • Penny King, Oblong IL

    I can’t say enough about Dr. Stone & his staff. They go above & beyond & take the extra mile to take care of your horses needs. They really care about what your horse really needs.

    They have been up all night with emergency colic surgery with a positive outcome. They saved a foal that was born three weeks early. I can’t even begin to tell everything we have been thru together. But I can tell you one thing, they don’t come any better than Dr. Stone & his staff. They are like family to our horses & us.”