Postcastration analgesia in ponies using buprenorphine hydrochloride

E J Love, P M Taylor, H R Whay, J Murrell

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Buprenorphine has recently obtained UK Marketing Authorisation for horses. The analgesic effects are long lasting, and have considerable potential for postoperative pain relief. This observer blinded, randomised study aimed to evaluate postsurgical analgesia in ponies premedicated with buprenorphine prior to castration under intravenous anaesthesia. Ponies received either 0.01 mg/kg bodyweight (BW) buprenorphine (group B) or an equivalent volume of 5 per cent glucose (group C) given intravenously before induction of anaesthesia. Pain was assessed and recorded using dynamic interactive visual analogue scores (DIVAS 0-100) and a Simple Descriptive Scale (SDS 0-3) (high scores=most pain) before and 1, 3, 6, 9, 12 and 24 hours after anaesthesia. Rescue analgesia was given if DIVAS>40 mm. Data were analysed using the Mann-Whitney U test at P
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)635
JournalVeterinary Record
Issue number24
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jun 2013


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