According to Todd Duffield, veterinarian with the Ontario Veterinary College, in Ontario, Canada, dehorning is a four-step process that includes: 1) developing a dehorning protocol, 2) using a nerve block, 3) dehorning at a young age and 4) using an approved NSAID (anti-inflammatory drug) for post-operative pain.
However, Washington State University Veterinary Medicine Extension experts propose adding one more step — training and retraining individuals who conduct dehorning procedures — to the process.
The topic of dehorning is featured in a recent issue of ag animal health, a publication of Washington State University Veterinary Medicine Extension. See “Dehorning Resources” at the end of the Spring 2012 ag animal health newsletter.
Source: Veterinary Medicine Extension, Washington State University