Horn is growing into skin.

Discussion in 'Health & Wellness' started by Boers4ever, Nov 17, 2020.

  1. Boers4ever

    Boers4ever Well-Known Member

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    Jun 28, 2020
    East Texas
    One of my does, her name is Dottie, broke a horn when she was little. I didn’t buy her until this time last year and the lady I bought her from said that she’s not sure how it happened either. She is 3 years old now. Now the horn is growing into her skin on the back of her neck. I know it needs to be sawed off. So my question is: is this something that the vet will have to do, or can I do this here at home? And if I can, how and what do I need to do it?
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    Thanks in advance!
     
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  2. ksalvagno

    ksalvagno Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Saw it then cauterize it.
     

  3. NigerianDwarfOwner707

    NigerianDwarfOwner707 Well-Known Member

    May 17, 2018
    East Coast, USA
    I would have someone who has done the procedure before do it.
     
  4. MellonFriend

    MellonFriend Well-Known Member

    Is it just the tip that is growing into her or is it a problem being so close to her head? If it is just the tip you can use a wire saw to saw it off. I do this all the time with my bucks' scurs. If it is only the tip it shouldn't bleed terribly but you need to have blood stop powder. I like to use wonder dust. And I use these: https://www.amazon.com/NOVSIX-Survi...ild=1&keywords=wire+saw&qid=1605632318&sr=8-5
    If the whole thing needs to be removed DO NOT use this method without cauterizing it. There are tons of blood vessels in horns and it will bleed PROFUSLY.
     
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  5. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
    I agree have it shortened.
    Get a vet.
     
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  6. Boers4ever

    Boers4ever Well-Known Member

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    Jun 28, 2020
    East Texas
    Ok thanks everyone. I was hoping that I could avoid a vet visit but I think that it would be the best thing for this issue. I think the hole horn will have to be sawed off and let it regrow normally.
     
  7. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
    Yes it will have to be sawed off.
     
  8. SalteyLove

    SalteyLove Well-Known Member

    Jun 18, 2011
    New England
    It won't regrow normally, but it may not grow into her again.

    My veterinarian used a light sedative when he wire sawed a scur for one of my does, also a horn injury as a youngster.
     
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  9. AndersonRanch

    AndersonRanch Well-Known Member

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    Oct 17, 2020
    California
    Well depending on how much I could stand a goat with 1 horn, I would be tempted cut just enough off and then band the horn so I wouldn’t have to worry about it again. It will most likely keep growing this way no matter where you cut the horn.
    If you are absolutely 100% against having a 1 horned goat and would rather try and take the chance the horn would grow more normal I would cut it way down and leave a inch or 2. The longer you keep the horn, the more often you will have to cut it again. If you just take the tip you will probably have to do it again in a year.
    For cutting, honestly, I just get big loppers and cut the horn off. We tried the wire saw before, that thing was a joke and as soon as it hit blood it wouldn’t cut any more. We did the saw and it was better but still hard and having a goat, let’s be real, in pain, doesn’t make it overly safe to saw threw and IMO is longer pain. Those loppers it is literally cut and done. Just make sure if you go this way you have someone strong to do it.
     
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  10. Goats Rock

    Goats Rock Member

    Jun 20, 2011
    NE Ohio
    Horse hoof clippers (nippers) work great. They can take the tips off and gradually cut until you see a drop of blood, stop. Whatever you decide, probably should be done quickly. It will cause pain and eventually grow into the skull.
     
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  11. SalteyLove

    SalteyLove Well-Known Member

    Jun 18, 2011
    New England
    Were you able to get the end of this snipped off today? I really would act fast. Even if you want to do a more complete horn removal later, I would just get an inch snipped off with pruning garden loppers or horse hoof nippers right away.
     
  12. Boers4ever

    Boers4ever Well-Known Member

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    Jun 28, 2020
    East Texas
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    Ok I took her to the vet this morning! They sawed it off at the hairline. So everything should be ok now.
     
  13. Tanya

    Tanya Well-Known Member

    Aw. Ok. Lets hope it looks ok later.
     
  14. MellonFriend

    MellonFriend Well-Known Member

    Welcome to the exclusive club of unicorn goats! (woot)

    That looks a lot better. (thumbup)
     
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  15. Goats Rock

    Goats Rock Member

    Jun 20, 2011
    NE Ohio
    I have a unicorn doe too! Oberhasli. I was disbudding her when my disbudder (electric) suddenly started smoking and burst into flames! So, by the time I could afford a new one- her horn was too big. So, my little "one horn" will be a milker and never a show goat. Darn it.

    Upon inspection after the excitement was over- either a mouse or something chewed the darn wires. With the entire world at their feet, they chose to get into MY grain room, in a metal cabinet and chew MY cord on MY disbudder. Why??? :ahh:
     
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  16. Boers4ever

    Boers4ever Well-Known Member

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    Jun 28, 2020
    East Texas
    Lol!! We have bad problems with mice too. I make sure to keep everything off the ground or stored inside. Or they WILL chew everything!!
     
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  17. AndersonRanch

    AndersonRanch Well-Known Member

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    Oct 17, 2020
    California
    Good job! She will feel much better once that heals
     
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  18. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
    Glad it was done, she should feel better now. ;)
     
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  19. ksalvagno

    ksalvagno Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Looks good!
     
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