Tail biting induces a strong acute phase response and tail-end inflammation in finishing pigs.

@article{Heinonen2010TailBI,
  title={Tail biting induces a strong acute phase response and tail-end inflammation in finishing pigs.},
  author={Mari Leena Heinonen and Toomas Orro and Teija Kokkonen and Camilla Munsterhjelm and Olli A T Peltoniemi and Anna Valros},
  journal={Veterinary journal},
  year={2010},
  volume={184 3},
  pages={303-7}
}
The extent of inflammation associated with tail biting in finishing pigs was evaluated. Tail histopathology, carcass condemnation and the concentration of three acute phase proteins (APPs), C-reactive protein (CRP), serum amyloid-A (SAA) and haptoglobin (Hp), were examined in 12 tail-bitten and 13 control pigs. The median concentrations of APPs were higher (P<0.01) in bitten (CRP 617.5mg/L, range 80.5-969.9; SAA 128.0mg/L, 6.2-774.4; Hp 2.8g/L, 1.6-3.5) than in control pigs (CRP 65.7mg/L, 28.4… CONTINUE READING

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