Ref Code: PIG22
Teaching - 2
Research - 4
To remove the sharp tips of the canine teeth of newborn piglets, reducing the likelihood of damage and infection to the sows' teats and to littermates.
Procedure may be demonstrated on stillborn piglets.
The procedure should be carried out on pigs less than 7 days of age.
Restrain the piglet aloft by gripping it around the head or neck. Firm, gentle pressure at the angle of jaw will ensure that the mouth stays open.
Instruments used for teeth clipping should be disinfected between piglets. A small pair of electrical sidecutters is suitable.
The flat side of the sidecutters should be positioned to cut each canine tooth (four in total), 1-2 mm above the gum line. Care should be taken to avoid gum damage and shattering of the tooth, leaving remnants of the ragged edge.
The procedure is well tolerated.
Each piglet to be handled once only.
Gentle, firm restraint during procedure. Observation over following 24 hours.
Should be familiar with the correct techniques before attempting this procedure.
Procedure should be clearly demonstrated before students attempt it.