Revista de Investigaciones Veterinarias del Perú
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VEGA V, Jaime, PUJADA A, Hilario and ASTOCURI C, Karina. Effect of chemical castration on the productive and behavioral performance of the Guinea Pig. Rev. investig. vet. Perú, 2012, vol.23, no.1, p.52-57. ISSN 1609-9117.
The objective of the study was to determine the effect of chemical castration using iodine tincture on the productive and behavioral performance of the guinea pig. Twenty four crossbred Peru-Inti guinea pigs from 25 to 35 days of age were used and allocated in two groups: castrated and non-castrated. Iodine tincture at 2%, dose of 0.1 ml per testicle, was used for the castration at the second week of the study. Weekly body weight and at slaughter, daily body weight gain, and number of fights were evaluated using a completely randomized design with covariance for initial body weight. Weekly body weight was higher in castrated animals from the fourth week of the study (706.5 vs 648.8 g) onwards (p<0.05). Body weight at slaughter (837.9 vs 738.40 g) and daily body weight gain (9.06 vs 6.94 g) were higher in the castrated (p<0.01). The number of fights (7.8 vs14.4) was lower in castrated animals (p<0.01). The chemical castration increases body weight at slaughtering and reduce the aggressive behavior of guinea pigs improving the presentation of the carcasses.
Keywords: chemical castration; guinea pigs; iodine tincture; performance; behavior.
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