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*Descenting and disbudding are very common practices with goats used in production, but also for goats who are pets as the horns can be seen by some as dangerous or a nuisance. It is a practice much like the declawing of cats: painful and something that can cause more harm than good in the end.
Avery’s scurs growing back into the head is one of the main issues that occur with dehorning that makes the process so dangerous. We do not recommend disbudding goats when at all possible—even if it is done in a hospital setting under anesthesia, as it is a highly sensitive area with an almost certain guarantee of brain damage. Goats who have been disbudded are painful for weeks and can suffer lifelong complications and sensitivity.
**Kidney stones (urinary calculi) are a very nuanced, potentially fatal, and all-too-common issue with male goats, especially wethers (neutered males) and smaller breeds. Unfortunately, many trusted sources disagree about the causation and prophylactic treatment of the different types of stones. However, its universally understood that feeding unlimited grain too high in phosphorous without any other measures causes struvite stones, which plagued Avery. We recommend a forage-based diet and routine hay testing to ensure its Calcium:Phosphorous ratio is appropriate.