Tracheotomy





In consequence of the formation of tumors about the throat in cattle,

from inflammation of the parotid gland, blain, etc., so characteristic

of this species of animals, it sometimes becomes necessary to perform

this operation in order to save their lives. It never fails to give

instant relief.



After the animal has been properly secured,--which is done by an

assistant's holding the nose with one hand, and one of the horns with

the other,--the operator draws the skin tight over the windpipe with the

thumb and fingers of his left hand; then, with the scalpel in his right,

cuts through the skin, making an incision about three inches long,

dissecting up the skin on each side, which brings the trachea, or

windpipe, in full view. He then cuts out a piece of the cartilaginous

rings, about two inches long and about half an inch wide. This simple

operation has saved the lives of very many valuable animals. The wound

readily heals, and seldom leaves any perceptible blemish, if the work is

properly performed.





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