Yesterday I had my goat castrated, he's a little more than 1 yr old. The vet didn't sew the sack up but left it open so it would drain ??
I noticed he has some small pieces of slate rock stuck to the wound. I tried to remove them but since that area is tender, he wouldn't let me. How important is it to keep the wound clean? I don't mind cleaning it but I'll have to call one of my kids to come over and hold him still in order for me to clean the wound. Any special advice on cleaning the wound other than removing the slate?
We castrate younger, but never sew the bottom of the sac. We cut the bottom off completely so it can drain well and other than keeping them in an area that is clean and bedded with plenty of fresh straw, we don't do much else. I do apply Wonder Dust (like blood stop powder) as needed to keep the wound from getting infected. Wonder Dust contains more than just blood stopping ingredients so it has some anti-infection properties...works great on all sorts of cuts and/or wounds.
It isn't a bad idea to keep some tetanus anti-toxin on hand. We have some friends who recently lost a wether to tetanus shortly after he was banded and the open wound from castration also puts them at risk after surgical castration.
Last Edit: Sept 18, 2010 8:51:04 GMT -5 by goatmom
They gave him several shots yesterday and one of them was a tetnus shot. I was supposed to give him a pain shot this morning but he won't let me near him long enough to give him the shot. I'll get one of the kids to come up and help me.
Is the Wonder Dust available at tractor supply? the feed stores around here will be closed until monday morning.
I forgot to add that the only place I have to keep him is in his fenced in area [hillside with brush, trees and the ground is basically all slate] I did put out an old rug [about 6'x9] for him to lie on but he doesn't seem to be too crazy about it. He has a cinder block room under the barn but he only goes in there if he wants to get out of the rain.
He also doesn't have much of an appetite today but hopefully that will improve after the pain shot.
I'll get the Wonder Dust. We were able to give him his pain shot and he seems to be doing some better, at least he's eating better. I think he's mad at me for taking him to the vet hopefully he won't hold a grudge.