Equine and Camelid Castration
- Open castration is better for larger, older stallions since you can see the artery and crush it individually.
- Closed castration minimizes opening the peritoneal cavity but makes the procedure harder; restricted to younger patients
- Avoid modified open/ modified closed techniques.
- Large incisions are needed for drainage
- Hemostasis is by tissue trauma – crush with emasculators (nut to nut) or twist with the Henderson. Ligatures are optional but handy.
- Always tag the proximal part of the cord before you emasculate because it will be easier to check for bleeding.
- Do not close the scrotum.
- The epididymis does NOT produce testosterone and will NOT make a horse act like a stud.
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