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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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dc.contributor.advisor Friendship, Robert
dc.contributor.author Tenbergen, Ryan
dc.date.accessioned 2012-09-11T18:10:28Z
dc.date.available 2012-09-11T18:10:28Z
dc.date.copyright 2012-08
dc.date.created 2012-08-28
dc.date.issued 2012-09-11
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10214/3967
dc.description Please do not reject this before tomorrow afternoon. I am going to stop by the Office of Graduate Studies and hand in the necessary documents. en_US
dc.description.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. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada) Ltd. and Ontario Pork en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.5/ca/ *
dc.subject swine en_US
dc.subject piglet en_US
dc.subject castration en_US
dc.subject sow en_US
dc.subject parturition en_US
dc.subject farrow en_US
dc.subject cortisol en_US
dc.subject meloxicam en_US
dc.subject ketoprofen en_US
dc.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 en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.degree.programme Population Medicine en_US
dc.degree.name Associate Diploma in Agriculture en_US
dc.degree.department Population Medicine en_US


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