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