Horrible dehorning blunder!!

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  1. allenslabs

    allenslabs Saanen & Boer Breeder

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    Today my grandparents came over to help me dehorn cricket my calf who is about 6 weeks old now. They felt to locate his horn but we didn't shave him. They missed the horn!! :eek: We had to burn it off again!! I feel so bad for him! He looks like he had 3 horns. I feel AWEFUL!! He acted fine once it was over but still it just looks so painful. They also did my 2 nubian goat kids and they didn't like it. Poor little things. So that was just a bad time.
     
  2. JoyKelley

    JoyKelley Well-Known Member

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    I just hate that guilty feeling and animals can make you feel it faster than a snap.
     

  3. DaleK

    DaleK Well-Known Member

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    So what did you use for freezing and pain?
     
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    allenslabs Saanen & Boer Breeder

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    Should I put anything on that area on the skin? The horns looks fine and crisp but the skin area looks painful. Should I stick anything on there? he is acting fine and eats same as always...... fast! HAHA! Anyway... thanks!
     
  5. DaleK

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    He should have been frozen with Lidocaine (or Novocaine, or whatever your vet carries) before it was done and have had his dose of Aspirin for after. I have a jar of calf Aspirin, you can use the human ones but I can't remember the conversion for doses. Most of the pain involved is as it's done and shortly afterward, since it cauterizes itself, but it wouldn't be a bad idea to give him some Aspirin now.
     
  6. lilsassafrass

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    Spray the burned area with bluecoat .. it will help the healing and help to dry the burned skin out