Pain relief medication

A new pain relief medication for castrated piglets will be introduced in Europe. The medicine promises a significant pain reduction for the piglets. It is a gel that contains both a short-acting and a long-acting anaesthetic, adrenaline to stop blood flow and an anti-infective to promote healing and create a protective barrier against infection.

The product can be used for piglets during castration. The farmer can spray the product onto the wound without the help of a vet, which makes the product easy to use. “It’s a very simple idea but hugely effective,” according to Ian Page, chief executive of Dechra.“The bizarre thing about this is that for many years I don’t think we realised how painful these procedures are to animals and now animal welfare is becoming more and more important.” he adds to this.

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