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‘Pain relief must be given for goat disbudding’

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By Georgina Mills

Anaesthesia and analgesia must be used for all disbudding procedures in goat kids to minimise pain and unnecessary suffering, according to the BVA and the Goat Veterinary Society (GVS).

In a joint position statement published last week, the organisations say that placing goats under general anaesthesia before disbudding is the ‘simplest and safest’ solution from a practitioner point of view.

Analgesics should be used, they say, but as there are none licensed for use in goats, the principles of the cascade should …

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