An investigation of the effects of ketoprofen following rumen fistulation surgery in lactating dairy cows

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Source: US National Library of Medicine

Nathalie C. Newby, Cassandra B. Tucker, David L. Pearl, Stephen J. LeBlanc, Ken E. Leslie, Marina A.G. von Keyserlingk, and Todd F. Duffield

Department of Population Medicine, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario N1G 2W1 (Newby, Pearl, LeBlanc, Leslie, Duffield); Department of Animal Science, University of California, Davis, California 95616-8521, USA (Tucker); Animal Welfare Program, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 1Z4 (von Keyserlingk).
Address all correspondence to Dr. Todd Duffield; e-mail: ac.hpleugou@leiffudt

Abstract

Post-operative pain management following rumen surgery is not common practice. We examined the effect of providing the pain medication ketoprofen to dairy cattle following the first stage of a rumen cannulation surgery, which involves an incision in the body wall and exteriorizing and clamping the rumen. The results of this study provide clear evidence that the first stage of the surgery was painful and ketoprofen at the time of and 24 h following surgery, alleviated some, but not all, of the post-surgical pain. Pain mitigation should be included when performing flank surgery in cattle.
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