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27.04.2012

Protexin Equine Premium Supports the Donkey Sanctuary

Protexin Equine Premium are delighted to be supporting the Donkey Sanctuary!

Founded by Dr Elisabeth Svendsen MBE and registered as a charity since 1973, The Donkey Sanctuary has cared for more than 14,000 donkeys in the UK and Ireland, plus thousands more in their work overseas. The Donkey Sanctuary funds and facilitates non-invasive research with the aim of improving donkey and mule health and welfare, and is considered a centre of excellence for donkey veterinary care.

Protexin have donated Protexin Equine Premium products to the sanctuary’s  headquarters – Slade House Farm in Devon. The products, all aimed at providing immune support and promoting gut health with their own unique probiotics and prebiotics, also deliver vital nutrients and vitamins.

Jonathan Nelson from Protexin said: “We are delighted to support The Donkey Sanctuary; the charity carries out such crucial work to help raise welfare standards for donkeys and mules around the world, advising owners and providing veterinary treatment and support.”

“We’ve found Protexin to be very useful across a range of sick donkey situations” said Dr Faith Burden, Head of Policy at The Donkey Sanctuary “from poorly orphan donkey foals, to donkeys suffering from non-infectious digestive upset, to chronic cases on long term antibiotics. Our veterinary team use Protexin whenever we need to support the digestive system and get gut balance back on track.” 

Donkeys may seem like tough and hardy creatures, but in fact are sensitive animals, good at hiding how they feel due to their stoical nature. Stress from illness, changes in their environment or social structures can trigger a chain of metabolic changes in the body resulting in the life threatening condition hyperlipaemia. “Protexin is one of the products we use when nursing very sick donkeys with hyperlipaemia” said Dr Faith Burden. “Donkeys form very strong friendships and can bond for life. We always watch for signs of this disease in stressed donkeys, particularly when they’ve lost a donkey companion.”