All kids are given a meloxicam gel for pain relief and disbudded by a hot iron that burns the whole horn growing area. We also anaesthetize all kids with a safe short acting intravenous anaesthetic. Total cost is $49 a kid plus any traveling. Kids need to be disbudded as soon as you can feel a horn bud which can be 3 days in dairy breed buck kids or 5-7 days in doe kids or 2 weeks in miniature doe kids. Phone to arrange an appointment just after kids are born.
Adult goats are dehorned when needed to protect other goats and people from injury. Costs vary from $120 for kids approximately 2-3 months where there is no open frontal sinus to $165 for does where they need to be bandaged due to an opening into the frontal sinus. Bucks are double. This is done using 2 local nerve blocks per side and a injected unaesthetic so the goat is asleep.
Male kids being kept as pets should be castrated surgically after 60 days to ensure maximum width of the urinary tract & hence protect from urinary calculi. Goats are given both a general anesthetic and local blocks plus ongoing pain medication. $195 if done between 2-3 months and $220 if done between 3-6 months.
Scurs can grow into goats heads and need to be removed before the scur breaks the skin. Costs are $120 if no opening into the frontal sinus or $165 is the scur is large enough to leave an opening an opening and hence need bandaging.
Horns can grow into goats heads and need to be tipped before the horn breaks the skin. We check the horn temperature before cutting so there should be no opening into the frontal sinus .
Examination of goats and property by Dr Sandra Baxendell, goatvetoz
$88 if less than 5 goats. $55 if a short consultation of 10 mins e.g. to vaccinate 1 or 2 goats.
$0.72 c per klm round trip and $ 0.75 a minute travel time .
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Here is a video of how we disbud kid- they feel no pain as anaethetized and get pain relief that starts when they wake up
This is how we castrate a buck kid under a full anaesthetic.and using techniques to minimize bleeding and infection.