How big/small an animal can I band?
You can apply the band on animals that are very young as long as you can feel that both testes are down when you grasp the scrotal sac. It works best if you can keep at least one inch between the band and the abdominal wall. There is no upper limit on the size of animal you can castrate.
How do I know that the band is tight enough?
We recommend 14 to 17 lbs. of pull. To give you an idea of what 14 lbs. of pull is, clamp a small C clamp onto the end of a band and hang a 14 lb. weight. The diameter of the tubing opposite of the clip should be less than 3/16 inch. The large diameter surgical tubing has a lot of free stretch so that it continues to constrict even after the sac starts to dry up. The most important thing to remember is not to let the band relax while you pull it around the sac.
How long does it take for the scrotal sac to fall off?
The average time is 28 days. It may take 8-9 days, or anywhere from 18-37 days.
Is it important to keep the band stretched as you pull it around?
Yes. You can't tighten the band after it is locked into the clip.
Do I have to crimp the clips?
No. The "T" slot will hold the band without crimping when it is applied correctly. Make sure that the rubber is pulled completely into the corner of the "T" slot.
Do you band the animal from the back or the side?
We typically use a squeeze on animals over 250 lbs. Once in the squeeze you can band the animal from the right side or the back depending on the position of the animal.
Do I have to give a tetanus toxoid vaccine?
As with all banding operations, a tetanus toxic vaccine is recommended. This becomes more important with older animals. Banding does not introduce tetanus into the system but does create an anaerobic (oxygen free) environment, which is needed for tetanus to grow. The manufacturer's instruction should be followed closely.