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Preventing pain

Sucking pigs have an irrepressible desire to live.  However, painful events may have a negative impact on the further development of pigs by:

  • Lowering milk-intake
  • Restricting self-preservation instinct (reflex to flee)

Common causes for pain during the first days of life:

  • Castration
  • Tail docking
  • Wounds from fighting, as a result of agalactia
  • Abrasions, skin lesions
  • Bacterial arthritis