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post #1 of 3 Old 12-08-2010, 12:14 AM Thread Starter
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Colt getting gelded....

Well, my vet said to wait until 5-6 months to geld my colt. He is 5 months in a few days and I made the appointment to get him gelded. It will be this Thursday.

I guess I was just wondering, what do I need to cover with my vet to be well informed, as far as aftercare, etc.

I am also thinking my colt will get his first vaccinations when the vet comes out to geld him. Or at the very least, a shot to prevent tetnus.

So, other than asking what shots he needs, and what kind of aftercare he will need, is there anything else I need to ask about?

Will he need a "booster" to any vaccines he gets?

Anything else I should be aware of?

Thanks! I look forward to getting this "over and done with" however, as I love my little guy very much, I also sort of dread it.

The reasons I want him done soon are:

1) he is very mouthy and obnoxious despite my constantly correcting him

2) I don't want him to develop studdy behavior and

3) I'm afraid if I wait the weather will be cold and snowy/muddy and then I will be afraid he will get an infection. Once we get a good batch of snow, we could have mud right through April and I don't want to wait that long to geld him. Right now the weather is PERFECT and dry. Sigh! Any words of wisdom for me?

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Take a breath and relax . No doubt the vet will almost insist on giving him a tetanus shot at the same time. He'll be fine. The best thing that you can really do is try to keep him moving a bit because that will help to minimize the swelling. As soon as I got Rafe done, he went right back out to the pasture and he healed up just fine.

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Thank you Smrobs, you are always the voice of reason.

I will make up a little list of things I want to ask the vet. Because otherwise I kind of forget my name even, lol!
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