Boehringer Ingelheim product Metacam (Meloxicam), which is indicated as a painkiller for piglets following castration, has been approved for marketing in the EU.
A study conducted by French research institute the CTPA found that Metacam administered to piglets less than a week old at a ratio of 0.4 mg per kilogram of body weight had a noticeable impact on their blood cortisol levels.
This is a biochemical marker for the neuro-endocrine reaction of the body to pain and stress.
Additionally, the trial indicated that Metacam alleviates clinical symptoms and prompts a faster return to normal behaviour in piglets in comparison to animals which were not administered any pain-killing products.
Dr Joachim Hasenmaier, head of animal health at Boehringer Ingelheim, commented: "In many EU markets, changing attitudes [...] require or recommend the use of analgesia to help piglets to better cope with pain and to more quickly recover from the castration procedure."
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