Acta Veterinaria Eurasia
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Incisionless Single Intralingual Suture for Management of Milk-Sucking Vice in Cattle


Sher-E-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Kashmir, Faculty of Veterinary Sciences and Animal Husbandry, Srinagar, India

Acta Vet Eurasia 2022; 48: 232-235
DOI: 10.5152/actavet.2022.22017
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Two clinically healthy crossbred heifers (age 14 and 16 months; weight 112.0 kg and 154.0 kg respectively) had cross-sucking vice. They were fasted overnight, and restrained in lateral recumbency under sedation using xylazine HCl 2%. The tongue in each animal was pulled out and anesthetised by the lingual ring block. The intralingual suture, using no. 2 braided silk, was applied following the technique described recently with “modification.” The pinhole technique was used to conceal intralingual suture instead of the four lingual surface incisions of the original technique. One heifer continued sucking due to untying of the knot and it was re-operated as previously mentioned. Follow up of both the heifers for one year revealed no recurrence of cross-sucking or complications. From this study, it is concluded that the current modification in the intralingual suture application can make it minimally-invasive, less expensive, field applicable and more acceptable to the farmers/animal owners.

Cite this article as: Ur Rehman Fazili, M., Dar, A. A., Beigh, A. B., Shah, A. A., & Dar, R. A. (2022). Incisionless single intralingual suture for management of milk-sucking vice in cattle. Acta Veterinaria Eurasia, 48(3), 232-235.

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