Why you might de­lay cas­trat­ing a pet buck

NZ Lifestyle Block - - Down On The Farm -

IF YOU want to keep a male goat as a longterm pet, you need to con­sider de­lay­ing cas­tra­tion un­til they are around five to six months old. This will mean you need to get a vet to cas­trate them, either with a painkilling in­jec­tion and ap­pli­ca­tion of a rub­ber ring or with a quick surgery, de­pend­ing on the size of the tes­ti­cles. Talk to your vet about the best ac­tion and what the cost will be.

The testos­terone pro­duced by the male kid in its first six months has a crit­i­cal ef­fect on the fi­nal width of the an­i­mal's ure­thra. Male goats have a long and wind­ing ure­thra which can eas­ily be blocked by crys­tals in the urine later in life, and a fat, pam­pered, cas­trated male goat is par­tic­u­larly at risk. A blocked ure­thra is in­cred­i­bly painful and al­most al­ways a fa­tal con­di­tion, even if a sur­gi­cal at­tempt is made to clear it (a rare and ex­pen­sive pro­ce­dure).

If you do choose to cas­trate a male kid later, keep him away from fe­males as he gets closer to the six month mark.

WARN­ING: DON'T LEAVE IT TOO LATE

An en­tire buck is one of the most dis­gust­ingly smelly crea­tures you'll ever come across – they can aim and fire urine for quite a dis­tance, all over them­selves and you – and they can be as dan­ger­ously ag­gres­sive as a ram or bull.

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