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Caudal Epidural Anesthesia in Cattle

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What is Epidural Anesthesia?

This type of anesthesia involves the injection of a local anesthetic into the epidural space located at the sacrococcygeal junction or the first intercoccygeal junction. Other than local anesthetic, other appropriate drugs can be administered too if necessary.

Use of Caudal Epidural Anesthesia in Bovine

The block is used to produce analgesia of the perineum, tail, pelvic viscera, and genitalia. Routinely is used for perineal reconstruction, embryotomy, retraction of the uterine cervix, for suturing tears in the vulva or perineum, reduction of uterine prolapse, etc.

However the hind limbs retain their mobility and motor function during the process.

When Pain in Cattle is not Managed Properly

The following adverse effects can occur when pain in cattle is not managed effectively:

  • The healing process can be delayed.
  • A decrease in weight gain.
  • Productivity can be impacted negatively.
  • Issues with respiratory functions.
  • Issues with cardiovascular functions.
  • Muscle atrophy.
  • Degeneration of joints.

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