#17-037

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Date Full Report Received

07/29/2019

Date Abstract Report Received

07/29/2019

Investigation

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Two studies were conducted to evaluate the merits of alternative castration methods including: (1) 1 vs 2 cuts during castration; (2) use of topical vapocoolant as an anesthetic, and (3) use of Metacam® NSAID to reduce the pain of castration. Using 1 cut during castration was less painful than when 2 cuts were administered. Vapocooling the scrotum did not reduce signs of pain associated with castration. Metacam® caused only resulted in a small reduction in pain behavior and bruising associated with castration, but on the whole, Metacam® did not reduce overall expression of pain behaviors and physiology in a biologically relevant manner.