When I first started practice in 1952 after graduating from the University of Illinois, I was equipment deficient, so I made an animal snare out of a ½-in copper tube, a lamp cord, and three O rings from a dog's choke chain. The snare has served me well. I just place the loop around the animal's neck and tighten. The ring in the snare's loop keeps it from pulling through. The wire ends also have rings to keep them from pulling through. I double the ends over the tube and hold them there as needed. The cost is negligible, and the snares can be made in several sizes.
Dr. Robert Whalen
La Salle, Ill.