These days it is very fashionable to begin any discourse with “So…” It is a word inserted to gain a split second of thinking time, and then you know all that follows has not really been thought through properly. And so this hasn’t.
So, Aitana has been precribed Biotin and vitamin supplement which I bought in the commercial form of Equin Tonic, a foul-tasting foul-smelling product which would only be happily eaten by a donkey if it had been trapped in a five month dust storm in Tierra del Fuego and every single piece of vegetation had been blown into the Southern Ocean. Yes, Equin Tonic would only be freely eaten if it was the sole available means of sustenance.
Unfortunately, we have been unable to replicate such conditions in the Costa Blanca, so I am having to try various strategies to get Aitana to ingest the awful product. Congratulations to Chemica Iberica for designing an extremely over-priced product which is entirely inedible.
Put the Equin Tonic in a cake and bake it? Latest strategy.
Recipe: 200mg Equin Tonic, 150mg wholemeal flour, 1 tsp yeast, no salt, no sugar, 12 fluid ounces of warm water. Kneed the mix. Let rise and bake for 35 minutes (Gas mark 8). Feed to donkey when cool and when donkey unsuspecting…
This took the best part of the afterenoon. Obviously, I’m not going to do this every day, particularly as I am back to work very shortly after an entirely unrestful holiday. But I thought I would give it a try, because after three days of trying to get the medication into the donkey (and having spent a hundred Euros on the medication), I was keen to at least make some progress! And she needs the vitamins.
This was clearly a roaring success, as you can see: at least 3% of the Equin Tonic cake is in the donkey and only 97% is on the floor.
The vet suggested a larger syringe and then liquify the product, syringing it into her mouth. I’ll go in search of a large syringe tomorrow. Other suggestions welcome in case that doesn’t work: this animal needs the vitamin supplement urgently and we are losing a lot of time messing about trying to find a solution.
The alternative will be to abandon the oral Equin Tonic and go in search of a product to inject directly. Last resort. My past experience with Matilde shows me that administering a daily injection entirely ruins your relationship with the animal.