Background: Self-sucking is an abnormal behavior lead to important economic losses for dairy farms. The objective
of this study was to evaluate tongue piercing as a novel technique to prevent self-sucking in cattle and buffaloes. The
study was carried out on 26 cows and 4 buffaloes suffered from self-sucking. Tongue piercing was achieved by the
application of an implant in the midline of the tongue and anterior to the frenulum linguae. With a follow up period
of 6 months.
Results: This implant produced mechanical disruption of the affected animals ability to curl their tongues, in a Ushape
manner, subsequently it was impossible for these animals to cup their tongues and suck its own teats. Slight
swelling around the piercing site of the tongue was observed among all animals on the first 3 days after surgery. No
other complications have been reported.
Conclusion: Tongue piercing is an effective, rapid, easy, minimally invasive technique to prevent self-sucking among
cattle and buffaloes, moreover, the technique was more widely acceptable by the owners than other traditional and
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