Am J Vet Res.: Analgesic effects of meloxicam administration on post-operative orthopedic pain in domestic pigeons (Columba livia).
Article Type: Reprint
Subject: Meloxicam (Dosage and administration)
Pigeons (Drug therapy)
Pain, Postoperative (Drug therapy)
Pub Date: 06/01/2012
Publication: Name: Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery Publisher: Association of Avian Veterinarians Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2012 Association of Avian Veterinarians ISSN: 1082-6742
Issue: Date: June, 2012 Source Volume: 26 Source Issue: 2
Geographic: Geographic Scope: United States Geographic Code: 1USA United States
Accession Number: 298292717
Full Text: Analgesic effects of meloxicam administration on post-operative orthopedic pain in domestic pigeons (Columba livia). Desmarchelier M, Troncy E, Fitzgerald G, et al. Am J Vet Res. 2012;73:361-367.

The objective was to assess the analgesic effects of 2 doses of meloxicam on the degree of postoperative orthopedic pain in pigeons. Twenty-one domestic pigeons were used. In each bird, a standardized osteotomy of 1 femur was performed and the fracture was immobilized with an intramedullary pin. Birds were randomly allocated to receive saline solution (0.9% NaCl) (control) or meloxicam (0.5 mg/kg [low dose] or 2 mg/kg [high dose]). The first treatment was administered intramuscularly after surgery was completed. Subsequent treatments were administered by mouth every 12 hours for 9 days. Degree of postoperative pain was assessed for the first 4 days after surgery by use of 3 methods: an electronic perch for assessment of weight-bearing load differential of the pelvic limbs, 4 pain scales, and analysis of video-recorded partial ethograms for bird activity and posture. No significant differences were observed between the control group and the low-dose meloxicam group in any tested variable. The high-dose meloxicam group had a greater degree of weight bearing on the affected limb from the second to the fourth postoperative day as well as lower pain scores for at least the first 2 postoperative days, compared with the other groups. Return to presurgical behavior was achieved faster in pigeons that received high-dose meloxicam than in the other groups. No adverse effects were observed. Administration of meloxicam at 0.5 mg/kg appeared ineffective in minimizing postoperative orthopedic pain in pigeons, but the 2 mg/kg dose provided quantifiable analgesia that appeared safe in this species in experimental conditions.

Desmarchelier M, Troncy E, Fitzgerald G, et al.
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