In Practice 18:383-384 doi:10.1136/inpract.18.8.383
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Caudal analgesia in sheep

  1. Phil Scott

    Phil Scott is director of the Large Animal Practice at the Royal ‘Dick’ School of Veterinary Studies, Edinburgh. He holds the certificate and diploma in sheep health and production, the certificate in cattle health and production, an FRCVS for a thesis on the clinical diagnosis of bovine spongiform encephalopathy and a DVM&S for studies on the factors affecting the perinatal mortality rate of lambs.


OBSTETRICAL problems occur all too commonly in sheep and pose serious welfare concerns. This article describes an analgesic regimen based on sacrococcygeal epidural xyalzine injection which has produced encouraging results in the field in the treatment of these cases.

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