Administration and dosage
It is better to use Dr. Naylor Dehorning Paste on very young calves.
Remove hair over horn button (bud) with shears or clippers to see that the application is in the right place and touching with the skin. To contain the paste, apply a ring of Dr. Naylor Udder Balm or petroleum jelly beyond the Paste application area.
On animals under one (1) week old apply a thin even film of Dr. Naylor Dehorning Paste over horn button and on a small ring of adjacent skin (horn growth epithelium) about the size of a five-cent coin (20 mm). On animals over seven days old apply the paste to a larger spot, the size of a quarter (25mm). Use a wood applicator and apply paste once only.
To dehorn calves six to eight weeks old whose horn buttons have started to grow, remove hair and use a small scraper or file to roughen a ring of skin about 3/8 inches (10mm) wide around the base of the horn button. Do not draw blood. Apply a thin even film of Paste over the horn button and the roughened ring around the base of the horn button. Apply once only.
Lambs, kid goats:
Apply Dehorning Paste as soon as possible after birth if the animal is in good physical condition. Minimum discomfort is experienced and application is facilitated. Application of the Paste on lambs and kids over two weeks old is generally too late to prevent future horn growth as horns are too large, especially in males. Buck kids (males) usually have palpable horn buttons (buds) at birth. Kid does (females) are a little slower in developing horns. Clip the hair over and around horn buttons. Apply a thin even film of Dehorning Paste over horn buttons and a narrow ring of skin at the base of the horn button. This ring of skin grows the horn. Too thick an application may result in deeper penetration and activity with discomfort. Dehorn dairy bucks at 3 to 4 days, dairy goes at 4 days and always before 10 days. Pygmy bucks should be dehorned at 7 days, pygmy does at 7 to 10 days. Twenty to thirty minutes after Paste application scrape off Paste and neutralize treated area by flooding with water, then vinegar. Wash water and vinegar must not come in contact with the animal’s eyes. Kids and lambs may be wrapped in a blanket for a short period to prevent rubbing treated areas with their hooves.