On the castration of animals

Continuing with Gerald Nathan Hodgson’s Northwest family narrative, with thanks to Michael Howard Hodgson:

It is a relatively simple operation if you know what you are doing and most animals survive it without too much difficulty. Some animals die from infection or excessive bleeding. A good deal of superstitions have been associated with it the signs of the Zodiac — the moon phases, etc. My own conclusion — mild weather and reasonable cleanliness. Also the animal should be as young as other circumstances permit. With larger animals, I tie the main cord with string to prevent bleeding.

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