Regulations

Early age neutering

EARLY AGE NEUTERING

The Department of Surgery, Onderstepoort provided the following recommended guidelines for sterilization of animals in the case of Animal Welfare Organisations:

minimum age of 6-8 weeks;
cases of cryptorchidism should not be included;
animals should not be starved for more than 4-6 hours before the procedure;
animals should be fed 1-2 hours after the procedure to prevent hypoglycaemia;
special consideration during the post-operative period including keeping the animals warm;
animals should be vaccinated and dewormed prior to sterilization (stress induces disease);
anaesthetic should be safe and rapid-the following drugs recommended:

(a) propofol induction with fluothane maintenance

(b) fluothane induction and maintenance

(c) ketamine 10 mg/kg + ACP0.05 mg/kg 1/m

identification (see infra.)

Veterinarians in private practice are required to use their discretion when a decision in this regard is to be made.

(Published -December 1997)

Links to African Council websites

Veterinary Statutory Bodies in Africa
http://www.rr-africa.oie.int/en/RC/en_vsbs.html

Veterinary Council of Namibia
http://www.van.org.na/section.php?secid=10

Veterinary Council of Zimbabwe (department of livestock and veterinary services)
http://www.dlvs.gov.zw/

Kenya Veterinary Board
http://kenyavetboard.org/

Veterinary Council of Tanzania
http://www.mifugouvuvi.go.tz/vertinary-council-of-tanzania/

Botswana Veterinary Association
http://www.bva.org.bw/bva_content.php?id=2

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