I've booked my boy in to be branded on Friday (almost 6 months old). He will be freeze branded. Firstly, how long will it take until he is back to normal (ie it doesn't hurt him, you can wash that area with shampoo)? How exactly do they do it - not the actual branding, but how do you make sure they don't move? Surely its got to hurt like hell so I would assume as soon as it touches them they would jump (even if being restrained in some way). After the first shoulder wouldn't they be really scared when you go to do the other side (I know I would if it was me)? Do they sedate them at all (are they even allowed to sedate them anymore if they're not a vet)? I know all my questions will be answered on Friday but I am feeling like a big fat meanie at the moment. At least he forgave me for having his "bits" chopped off (but then again I wasn't actually "there" for that procedure).