The current estimation is that Mexico has around 3.2 million of donkeys; 4th place worldwide according, FAO 2007. Additionally, Mexico occupies the second place in equine meat production and commercialization (SIAP 2010). Nonetheless, there is scarcity in the knowledge about the number of donkeys get slaughtered and their health status. This study describes the main lesions and pathological findings in 164 donkeys that were euthanized in a slaughter house in Estado de Mexico, Mexico for meat commercialization. The major lesions found were those caused by Draschia megastoma in the stomach (39.66%) as well as chronic gastric ulcer (22.41%). Alopecia and inflammation due to fly bites and harness wounds (58.18%) were also main findings in these donkeys. Most of the lesions found may be related to malnutrition, pain and stress. To our knowledge this is the first contemporary study done in Mexico that describes the major findings at post-mortem in donkeys at an abattoir.
|Translated title of the contribution||Principales patologias en 164 burros (Equus asinus) encontrados en un rastro de equinos del Edo. Mexico, Mexico (Main pathologies found in 164 donkeys at an abattoir in the Edo.Mexico, Mexico)|
|Title of host publication||Congreso Nacional de Patologia Veterinaria, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (23rd - 25th May)|
|Publication status||Published - 23 May 2011|
Bibliographical noteMedium/genre: Veterinary Pathology
Conference Organiser: Asociacion Nacional de Patologia Veterinaria