Pros and Cons of Dehorning Billy Goats
I have a pygmy goat that is approx 7 months old. We got him two months ago. Today we took him to a livestock vet and had him dehorned. The vet assured me that it was ok to do this. The reason we decided to dehorn him was that we have a large number of small children that interact with him. His horns had begun to cause a problem and we were worried about a child getting hurt.
In saying that.. we brought him home and are feeling beyond terrible. The vet showed me the horns. I did not realize what horns were all for.... He put a paste on his head and said he does not need pain meds. Our goat is very tired ( as one would expect) I am so fearful that we did a terrible thing. I am worried that he is in pain. Some sites say it is fine to dehorn while other say it is very inhumane. Whats done is done.... I just want to know if what we did was the right thing.
MEG: WOULD LOVE TO SEE A PHOTO OF HIM