Ready, aim… tranquilize!

On the Edge of Common Sense
By Baxter Black, DVM

Unless you’re a tiger trimmer in Tanganyika, the tranquilizer gun has not lived up to its potential.

During its preliminary promotion, it was touted as the greatest invention since the rope. But, in the livestock business, it has never quite fulfilled its expectations. The biggest problem seems to be its predictable unpredictable results.

Most large-animal vets have tranquilizer guns. Some of my colleagues learned the fine art of using one. The rest of us have stuck away with our . . .