Ben though....I am worried about Ben. He is holding to this pattern he has been in: looking better then getting worse. Yesterday, he looked OK. He was bright-eyed, good appetite, moving around although still stiff.
Today, he is noticeably more sore, depressed, lethargic and poor appetite. His temp was 97.5. I put a heavier blanket on him and he perked up a little bit, but there is no good reason for him to be cold.
I will be talking with the vet again in the morning and will probably call Cornell again as well. They have not been very helpful so far. As soon as they hear the words "lame donkey", they assume it is laminitis and tell me to put him on a low-sugar diet. Which he is already on. Now that there is a second donkey sick with the same symptoms and a fever, I doubt they will blow me off so quickly.
I'm just going to keep doling out drugs and see what tomorrow brings.