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Effects of an oral dose of acetyl salicylate at tail docking on the behaviour of lambs aged three to six weeks

By J. C. Pollard, V. Roos, R. P. Littlejohn

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To investigate a practical method of providing analgesia for docking of lambs' tails, the effectiveness of an oral dose of aspirin (acetyl salicylate) in reducing discomfort behaviour immediately following application of elastrator rings, was evaluated. The study, conducted in New Zealand, involved a pilot trial and an experiment, both using Romney crossbred lambs aged 3-6 weeks accompanied by their mothers in a group pen, with behaviour recorded on videotape. In the pilot trial, lambs were manually restrained, an elastrator ring was applied, then lambs were given either an oral dose (26 mg/kg) of aspirin dissolved in water (Disprin, Treatment RA, n=5 lambs) or an oral dose of water (Treatment R, n=4 lambs), and released. RA lambs changed posture between sternal recumbency and standing less frequently than R lambs, significantly so from 10 to 20 minutes post-treatment (11 times for RA, compared with 28% (S.E.D. 6.6

Date 2001
Publication Title Applied Animal Behaviour Science
Volume 71
Issue 1
Pages 29-42
ISBN/ISSN 0168-1591
DOI 10.1016/S0168-1591(00)00170-2
Language English
Author Address AgResearch, Invermay Agricultural Centre, Private Bag 50034, Mosgiel, New Zealand.
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  1. acids
  2. Analgesia
  3. Animal behavior
  4. Aspirin
  5. Australasia
  6. Behavior and behavior mechanisms
  7. Commonwealth of Nations
  8. Developed countries
  9. Docking
  10. Lambs
  11. Mammals
  12. New Zealand
  13. Oceania
  14. OECD countries
  15. Pain
  16. pain relief
  17. peer-reviewed
  18. Pharmacology & Pharmacy
  19. Ruminants
  20. Sheep
  21. tails
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