Pain-related behavior was not observed in dairy cattle in the days after liver biopsy, regardless of whether NSAIDs were administered

Lorelle Barrett, N.J. Beausoleil, J. Benschop, K.J. Stafford

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    Abstract

    © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. For liver biopsy in cattle, it is routine practice to only provide local anesthesia (LA) to the skin and muscle layers, with visceral tissues remaining unanesthetized. Cattle being biopsied may therefore benefit from additional analgesia. This study aimed to determine if non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs would decrease post-biopsy pain in cattle. Twenty-four dairy cows were allocated into four treatment groups: biopsy under LA only; biopsy under LA with ketoprofen; biopsy under LA with meloxicam; and a sham-biopsied control group. Behavior was observed for 4 h immediately following biopsy, and for 2 h each day for the first three days after biopsy. No significant differences in behavior were found between any treatment groups on any day. This suggests that any post-biopsy pain present was not of enough significance to alter the cows' normal behavior patterns. Without identifying post-biopsy pain, it is not possible to determine what effect NSAID analgesia may have had on alleviating it.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)195-199
    JournalResearch in Veterinary Science
    Volume104
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2016

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