Elastration is the banding of the testicles restricting blood flow and resulting in removal of the testicles. This method is commonalty used on farm animals, sheep and goats in particular.

Special tools and bands are designed specifically for this task, and this question is focused on the health risk comparison of recognized appropriate surgical and elastration neuter techniques, by trained performers.

Looking for reliable references on the actual occurrence of infection and/or complications of surgery neuter and elastration, either as a side by side compare, or from different studies which allow for comparison. Preferably on identical species, but if not available, complication rates on optimal species (surgical = dog/cat: elastration = goat/sheep) would be acceptable

Note; there are some ethical arguments against the use of elastration, this question is specifically looking for empirical evidence related to these two techniques for neutering.

  • Given that elastration isn't normally chosen for pets, I'm not sure how relevant this is to the site really... – John Cavan Mar 10 '14 at 14:28
  • @JohnCavan, a reasonable question. Unfortunately those least equipped to perform elastration do occasional attempt it on "pets", there are several news articles discussing the failures. Additionally Goats and Sheep, are occasionally kept in conditions that qualify as pets per this site. I was actually planning on focusing on goats and sheep, but as I started researching for before writing this question, the volume of dogs (and cats) that got news coverage lead me to a more general question. I have a follow up question planned. but am looking for an answer here first. – James Jenkins Mar 10 '14 at 16:31
  • Yeah, I've seen a few stories about people trying this with their dog to save a few bucks. Other than blog-style articles online by DVMs, I haven't seen papers on it and the people doing it are not trained vets. – John Cavan Mar 10 '14 at 16:55

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