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Investigation of the Use of Analgesics at the Time of Castration and Tail-docking and Following Parturition for Improving Performance and Reducing Pain in Pigs

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Title: Investigation of the Use of Analgesics at the Time of Castration and Tail-docking and Following Parturition for Improving Performance and Reducing Pain in Pigs
Author: Tenbergen, Ryan
Department: Population Medicine
Program: Population Medicine
Advisor: Friendship, Robert
Abstract: A number of routine painful procedures such as castration and tail-docking are currently performed in swine production without the benefit of anaesthesia or analgesia. In addition, parturition is generally considered painful. Providing analgesics at the time of castration and tail-docking lowered plasma cortisol levels of the piglets suggesting a reduction in pain associated with the procedures. The use of the non-steroidal antiinflammatory drug meloxicam also resulted in less isolated behaviour of male piglets following castration. Providing meloxicam routinely following parturition did not result in reduced neonatal mortality or piglet growth, but lowered plasma cortisol suggesting a reduction in pain. Producers in the future may need to consider using pain control as part of their standard operating procedures in order improve piglet welfare and meet their consumers’ expectations, but are unlikely to see an economic return associated with improved productivity.
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URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/3967
Date: 2012-09-11


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