Abstracts: Can novel methods be useful for pain assessment of castrated piglets?

Given that surgical castration is a painful practice performed on millions of pigs every year, a need to identify novel reliable pain assessment tools exists in order to test anaesthetic and analgesic protocols that may reduce related pain.

Two treatments were considered: handling (H) and surgical castration (C). Physiological (cortisol, lactate, glycaemia, rectal and eye temperature) and . . . → Read More: Abstracts: Can novel methods be useful for pain assessment of castrated piglets?

Healing of surgical castration wounds: a description and an evaluation of flunixin

Previous studies have shown that surgical castration wounds take between 10 and 61 d to heal. The objectives of this work were to describe healing, inflammation, lying behavior and serum concentration of substance P after surgical castration in beef calves and to evaluate the effect of a possible intervention, a single injection of flunixin meglumine (1.1 mg/kg IV, a NSAID), on the healing process. Calves (mean ± SE: 25 ± 2.0 d of age; 54 ± 1.4 kg BW) were surgically castrated with or without an injection of flunixin immediately before the procedure (n = 24/treatment). Healing was measured with a 5-point scale Continue reading Healing of surgical castration wounds: a description and an evaluation of flunixin