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Saturday, October 14, 2006

Mange on the Range

We had an urgent request to provide our faithful followers with information about "the heartbreak of mange." The Swami and various members of his family have, at various times, felt mangy. However, if your yaks appear to have mange you need to act quickly. Actually, you probably need to act quickly just if you have "yaks appear."

While mange might be caused by mites, mites might not mean mange. Sarcoptic mange if not treated properly could lead to you having to make a sarcophagus. Trust The Management & Staff at Yak Herder Central, you do not want to have to build a sarcophagus for a yak.

At the first sign your yak has mange, you need to take drastic action. Harsh as it may seem, you will need to temporarily move your yaks outside. Burn all of the bedding that the yaks may have slept on.*

As soon as you yaks are back to their healthy, lovable selves, you can bring them back inside and resume your normal training routines.

*Based upon the experience of a number of yak herders, we would also suggest that you might want to take the bedding outside BEFORE burning it.


At 11:13 AM, Anonymous Janeyms said...

Dear Swami,
With Boston Terriers I have found that mites are not always the prime culprit with premature balding. Could a bald yak have a food allergy or perhaps even an autoimmune disorder? Would you suggest relocating that bald yak to warmer climates or perhaps a health food facility? Enquiring minds want to know.

At 10:21 PM, Blogger Susan Gets Native said...

Do large-animal vets get training in yak anatomy?

At 5:58 AM, Blogger The Swami said...

I believe you probably have to go to one of the top vet schools for that. Haven't had time to post. Had to clean the yak litter boxes. Uugggh!

At 9:26 AM, Blogger Mary said...

Swami - Is there anything documented on yaks tending to overeat, and why? I only see photos of fat yaks.

At 8:21 PM, Blogger Susan Gets Native said...

I don't know about overeating, but I read something interesting about yaks and overheating: They have no sweat glands, to preserve body heat, because it can get to -40 degrees in Tibet.
Oh, God, he has me Googling "yak"!

At 9:56 PM, Blogger Mary said...


Oh God, it's a trend. I Googled Yak, too. Swami will be pleased to know this.

At 10:39 AM, Blogger The Swami said...

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At 10:57 AM, Blogger The Swami said...

Many pet yaks have been allowed to spend too much time in the drive-thru lane. We suggest limiting your yak to no more than six large pizzas and 14 gardenburgers per day.

As for over-heating, you have two very easy options:
Load up your pack yak with saddle bags full of ice. 200-300 lbs should be quite sufficient --- or ---
slightly adjust your home's thermostat to a more comfortable 25-30 Fahrenheit


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