Castration of piglets under general anaesthesia: a possible approach

  • Iwan Nussbaumer | iwan.nussbaumer@vital-ag.ch Department of Clinical Veterinary Medicine, Swine Clinic, Vetsuisse Faculty, University Bern, Switzerland.

Abstract

Since January 2010 the castration of piglets without pain relief has been forbidden in Switzerland. Swiss pig farmers now have two choices, either vet-performed anaesthesia and analgesia by intramuscular injection or farmer-administered isofluran anaesthesia by an inhalation device. Many smaller pig producers, with less than 60 sows, have chosen injected anaesthesia for economic, user safety and environmental reasons.

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2012-05-08
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Keywords:
pig, castration, pain relief, anesthesia, butorphanol
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Nussbaumer, I. (2012). Castration of piglets under general anaesthesia: a possible approach. Veterinary Science Development, 2(1), e9. https://doi.org/10.4081/vsd.2012.3983