New vet video focuses on how to reduce animal pain

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SCHAUMBURG, Ill. — The American Veterinary Medical Association has released a new video promoting its policy on how to reduce pain for cattle during a common surgical procedure — dehorning.

Early removal

Many breeds of cattle have horns, which are often removed early in life to protect other animals and farmers from injury. The American Veterinary Medical Association policy and video offer guidance to help make this procedure as comfortable as possible for animals.

Suggested practices

American Veterinary Medical Association policy recommends, to reduce discomfort for the animal, dehorning be done at the earliest age possible and that consideration be given to the use of local anesthetics and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents for pain control.

The video demonstrates the use of local anesthetic and disbudding and helps educate farmers and the public about how pain management can improve animal welfare.

For more information visit www.avma.org.

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