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Chemical castration

Post by Bazu » Fri Jul 29, 2011 11:03 pm

Just a handful of quick questions:

- Is the drug normally used for chemical castration called Tardak?
- How long does it usually take to take effect after it's injected? (I know castration often takes a few weeks for things to settle)
- How long does one injection last?
- How long a period can it be safely used for? (I think it's 3 months?)

Am currently fostering a handful of boys, one of whom is being a little git, so I'd like to keep my options open ;)
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Re: Chemical castration

Post by KellyTheCrazyRatLady » Sat Jul 30, 2011 10:08 pm

i have used this on 1 of my rats as he was too old to neuter. it lasts about 6 weeks (i believe, so dont quote me on that) after about 3-4 weeks you should know if it changes the behaviour of the rat
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Re: Chemical castration

Post by Bazu » Sat Jul 30, 2011 10:42 pm

So it takes about as long as a castration to take effect anyway? The only info I've seen in this regard is that it "may not have an effect on the day of administration" which implies it's expected to work pretty quickly!
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Re: Chemical castration

Post by Bazu » Sun Jul 31, 2011 10:39 am

Anyone else got experience with it?
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Re: Chemical castration

Post by philosophyfox » Sun Jul 31, 2011 10:51 am

I've only used it for one rat but I noticed a change within a few days, enough for me to start (successful) intros with a rat he'd taken a couple of nibbles out of previously. (But I had had nibbled rat castrated since their first intro if this makes a difference.)

It was a while before he started getting huffy again, so he had another shot.
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Re: Chemical castration

Post by Bazu » Sun Jul 31, 2011 11:05 am

That's a bit more encouraging :)
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Re: Chemical castration

Post by HannahJ82 » Sun Jul 31, 2011 12:49 pm

I think one of my boys who is v stressed and stroppy at the mo could be a candidate for this. I'm not happy to put him under for the op. How much have people paid for it?

Did I read somewhere there was an increased risk of tumours or something with prolonged use? Or have made that up?

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Re: Chemical castration

Post by philosophyfox » Sun Jul 31, 2011 12:51 pm

Mine cost about £6 per shot, plus the consult fee on top. My vets had a started bottle, so I don't know if they'd charge more if they'd have to buy it in.
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Re: Chemical castration

Post by Bazu » Sun Jul 31, 2011 2:02 pm

HannahJ82 wrote:I think one of my boys who is v stressed and stroppy at the mo could be a candidate for this. I'm not happy to put him under for the op. How much have people paid for it?

Did I read somewhere there was an increased risk of tumours or something with prolonged use? Or have made that up?

(sorry to hijack!)
I think I've heard about there being a risk with prolonged use, hence my asking for a 'safe' time period. From what I've gathered reading elsewhere, 3-4 months seems to be considered the 'safe' area.

I do hope it's that cheap with my vet! :o
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