Farm specific treatment protocol
It is quite complicated to choose the correct injector. The vet can help the farmer by making a good Farm specific treatment protocol. When filling out the treatment plan you have to consider which type of bacteria is most common on your farm. The treatment helps farmers to make a targeted choice in the treatment of mastitis. This increases the chance of cure.
Farm health plan
See for more information the page Farm health plan.
Detection of mastitis pathogens
In order to find out the cause of inflammation of the udder, a milk sample for bacteriological examination must be taken before the treatment of a cow starts. This can be sent to the Animal Health Service for research. They can determine which bacteria caused the mastitis. It is important that the sample was taken correctly.
In addition to the taking of an individual sample, it is possible to let you examine the tankmilk for bacteria. By this way you can keep an eye on which bacteria play an important role and where you have to look for problems with udder health. The best chance of cure is when you start with the treatment as soon as possible after discovering the mastitis. It is important to use in the injector in a hygienic manner. Preferably wear gloves. Milk the first quarter well and disinfect the orifice. It is important always to finish the cure, even if there is visible improvement seen.
Even subclinical (not visible) inflamed quarters should be treated as soon as possible. This should be done in consultation with the vet and after you know which bacterium causes inflammation. The longer a cow has an increased somatic cell count (SCC), the harder she will heal.
Upon occurrence of subclinical mastitis at the end of lactation, treatment often takes place during the dry period. The big advantage of treating subclinical mastitis during the dry period is that the antibiotic can do its work for a long time. Note: Older animals with a chronical Staphylococcus aureus infection have a low success rate. It is best to dispose these animals.
The treatment with injectors can be supported with an injection of anti-inflammatories. This will also suppress the pain. Anti-inflammatory drugs are especially effective in clinical mastitis. The vet may indicate which resources can best be used in the farm treatment.
See for more information the page about Medicin use.
Often, a dry-off preparation is used. Mostly there are antibiotics in this agent. Only a healthy udder can be put dry without antibiotics. Good hygiene during insertion is very important. Drying off must be done according to the medical treatment plan.