Teach proper dehorning techniques

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The topic of dehorning is featured in a recent issue of ag animal health, a publication of Washington State University Veterinary Medicine Extension.

An article in the newsletter discusses a four-step process recommended by Todd Duffield at the Ontario Veterinary College. The process 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).

The article states that one more step – training and retraining of individuals who conduct dehorning procedures – should be added to this process.

For more advice, see “Dehorning Resources” at the end of the Spring 2012 ag animal health newsletter.

Source: Veterinary Medicine Extension, Washington State University

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