A dual purpose tool that controls the animals head for administering boluses and drenches. Designed with the cattleman in mind. Made of a plastic composite. Safely & humanely control an animal's head by hooking the cheek, or use the small hook for catching calves by the leg. Approx 32" long. Colors vary between red or black, depends on the manufacturer. For use on calves under 135lbs.
The HOOK DOCTOR is the first and only product of its kind. It was designed with the progressive cattleman in mind to safely and humanely control an animal's head by hooking the animal's cheek. Use the HOOK DOCTOR for routine procedures like mouthing, tagging and administering boluses. We have also added a smaller hook on the other end, which is perfect for catching or sorting calves. This leg hook is incredibly user-friendly and can be used effectively with minimal practice.
Directions: Mouthing Instructions:Simply slide the hook alongside the animal's jaw and hook their lip where it hangs over the bottom jaw. Now, slide the hook in a little farther, keeping it between the cheek and guns, he cow will naturally open her mouth and give to the pressure on her cheek. If you are wanting to look at a cow's teth, they may be in view or you will need to push down lightly on her bottom lip. If multiple people are working around the cow's head, the person with the hook will need to be on the opposite side of the cow's head as the practice being performed (tagging, reading tattoos, etc). If you are giving boluses or trying to pass a tube down their throat, place the knob of the hook in the center of the cow's mouth and apply slight pressure. This should case her to open up wider and start a gag reflex, making it easier to get her to swallow pills or tubes.
Calf Catching: The person catching will hold the Hook Doctor by the big end and position the open side of the small hook towards the calf's leg. Keep the small hook ahead of the leg and move it towards the leg until it touches between the hock and pastern. Then, simply let the calf pull his leg forward into the hook. Now, maintain pressure so the calf doesn't kick out.