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Use extended therapy to treat mastitis
Posted by Ruben Gonzalez

A lot goes into producing high-quality milk. With a quality end product as your goal, extended duration of therapy can be the best choice of treatment for mastitis. 

The most successful protocols are scientifically based and developed with help from your veterinarian. Together, you can develop treatment protocols based on demonstrated results while also considering factors specific to the dairy operation and individual mastitis cases.

When developing treatment protocols, follow these steps for planning and implementation:

  • Know your pathogen profile. Make sure you are using a mastitis tube labeled for treatment of the most common mastitis pathogens on your dairy operation. Work with your veterinarian to establish a culturing program and analyze culture data to determine the appropriate mastitis treatments for your herd.
  • Determine duration of treatment. It’s an important factor when your goal is achieving a complete cure. Using a product labeled for extended duration of therapy (two to eight days of treatment), such as SPECTRAMAST® LC (ceftiofur hydrochloride) Sterile Suspension, will help increase your chance of a bacteriological, or complete, cure and reduce the chances of relapse. Your veterinarian can help you determine the appropriate treatment duration considering the severity and stage of infection, the individual cow’s health status and other factors.
  • Use standard operating procedures. Train your employees and develop them to identify and treat mastitis infections. It is important that your employees are consistent in how they identify and classify mastitis infections, as well as how they administer treatments. Catching and treating mastitis infections early can help increase success rates. Work with your veterinarian to establish treatment protocols and a comprehensive mastitis management plan that sets up your team for success.


IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION: People with known hypersensitivity to penicillin or cephalosporins should avoid exposure to SPECTRAMAST LC. Product requires a 72-hour milk discard period and a 2 day pre-slaughter withdrawal period following the last treatment. Use of this product in a manner other than indicated on the label, or failure to adhere to proper milk discard period, will result in violative residues. See full Prescribing Information, here.


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