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post #11 of 83 Old 11-26-2012, 10:18 PM
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All I'm going to say is that some thread titles make me cringe!

"Can Cold Temperatures Affect Castration?"



Makes me glad I'm living in southern Arizona...

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post #12 of 83 Old 11-26-2012, 10:52 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah, bsms, I am not a fan of cold weather either, but it's here. Honestly, we've been lucky this year in this area. This is the first time we've dropped below 25 degrees at night this season. Normally we hit that by the end of October. And we're supposed to be back into the 50s by Friday, so this particular chilly spell will be short-lived. Hubby and I are hoping to move to Arkansas within the next year... It's warmer down there!

In regard to the castration, I couldn't get a hold of my other vet either, I'm guessing due to it being the end of a weekend/holiday. I'm going to go ahead and let this vet get it taken care of as soon as he can, but from here on out I'm calling the other vet. *sigh*

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post #13 of 83 Old 11-27-2012, 12:16 AM
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We have gelded colts in the snow. No issues, except cold for us.........
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post #14 of 83 Old 11-27-2012, 12:34 AM
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I know for a fact that they can be gelded non drugged and in the dead of winter. I'd say youre being put off for one reasons or a nother.
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I know for a fact that they can be gelded non drugged and in the dead of winter. I'd say youre being put off for one reasons or a nother.
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Not drugged?! I don't nock my colts out cold but I always have a light sedation done for them(basically the way we sedate for teeth floating). I wouldn't want to cut the poor colts bits off without something. It makwa it at least a little less traumatic.

I have had my colts done in the middle of the winter on a cold day. I actually like gelding them in the winter vs the summer. It might be a little chilly(I am in Canada) but it seems to go a lot smoother and less swelling.
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Update on the situation: I was able to cancel the appointment with the original vet and schedule it with the one I prefer for Thursday. I know it's only one day's difference, but I'm glad I got to cancel with the other one... Maybe it'll get them thinking about up-ing their customer service quality. Also, this vet is doing it for less money and is just going to tranquilize him and not put him completely under for the procedure. I feel much more comfortable with that. This vet did also voice minor concerns about the colt's ability to control his body temp, but said he didn't think it was worth waiting to do it. He said, "It's a real simple, short procedure. I'm sure he'll be fine." I love this guy already! :)

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I have had 2 colts done in the dead of winter, belowing freezing temps and snow on the ground. Both had minimal swelling and no problems whatsoever.
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post #18 of 83 Old 11-28-2012, 08:39 AM
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Update on the situation: I was able to cancel the appointment with the original vet and schedule it with the one I prefer for Thursday. I know it's only one day's difference, but I'm glad I got to cancel with the other one... Maybe it'll get them thinking about up-ing their customer service quality. Also, this vet is doing it for less money and is just going to tranquilize him and not put him completely under for the procedure. I feel much more comfortable with that. This vet did also voice minor concerns about the colt's ability to control his body temp, but said he didn't think it was worth waiting to do it. He said, "It's a real simple, short procedure. I'm sure he'll be fine." I love this guy already! :)
Love the sounds of this vet. And yes sedation is much smoother then knocking them out completely. Its a quick and simple procedure. Glad to hear things are working out for you!

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post #19 of 83 Old 11-28-2012, 10:16 AM
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this is the first time I have heard anything about cold, frequently it is the other way around. WAIT for the cold when there are no bugs. But I'm not a Doctor, looks like you found another vet that doesnt think its an issue though.
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We usually cut our colts in the spring/early summer of their yearling year....but when we cut Scrat this January it was about 12F out and he was sedated and layed down. No issues....

And a castration shouldn't take very long anyhow so they really wouldn't be out that long.

I liked cutting him in the cold anyway, because it kept the swelling down. It was puffy the next morning but NOTHING like the yearlings are in the Spring/Early Summer time. Plus you don't have to worry about the flies and such bothering them.

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