NZ Lifestyle Block
Dr Sarah’s tip: you should always give pain relief, no matter what the age
You can give pain relief to young stock of any age. Options include:
• long-acting oral meloxicam that absorbs across the gums (an ibuprofen-style drug);
• injectable meloxicam;
• injectable local anaesthetic;
• numbing cream.
Talk to your vet about pain relief options for when you're docking or castrating baby stock at home. The same young stock will also need vaccinations and anti-tetanus shots, so it's a good idea to give those at the same time.