Dairy treatment protocols (Proceedings)
Aug 01, 2009
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Treatment protocols are often the means by which veterinarians guide the treatments given to sick cattle when detection, examination, and treatments are all conducted by farm personnel. The development of specific protocols requires the support of owners and the cooperation of workers. Accepting the use of fixed treatment regimes is sometimes a challenge to sell to clients. However, creating plans for the diseases that will certainly occur can make the management of common health problems very straightforward. It is, of course, much easier to stick within the guidelines provided by drug labels and avoid extra-label drug use whenever possible.
The written protocol can only be helpful if the personnel have been trained to correctly examine and define the conditions they are being expected to treat. This usually will provide repeated opportunities for training sessions. In addition, working with the hospital crew on a regular basis will enable evaluation of their work and support for the recording of accurate disease data.
Many practitioners have expanded their work with clients by developing protocols for many routine activities such as milking, calving, feed bunk management, cow handling, etc. The training and retraining of workers that follow acceptance of the idea of job standardization leads to more opportunities for business with clients beyond technical services.Some examples of protocols follow and should be considered just as potential approaches to specific areas of disease management.
Calf treatment protocol
Remember to record all treatments – drug treatments under 1) diarrhea or 2) respiratory, or 3) other (joints, navel)
1. Watery scours temp less than 103.5, calf still alert and strong;
2. Calf is slightly dehydrated, (skin stays tented when pinched on upper eyelid or neck)
3. Calf is very dehydrated, (sunken eyes and cold mouth) with no suckle or calf is unable to rise
4. Bloody scours
5. Temperature above 103.5, no respiratory signs
6. Drinking less than half of her milk
a. take temperature – no treatment unless >103 in winter and 103.5 in summer
b. give Nuflor for 3 treatments or Micotil for 2 treatments (6days)
c. recheck temperature, if still high switch to other drug
d. if one ear droops treat with Draxxin once (possible mycoplasma problem)
Treatment protocol for mastitis
Goals of mastitis treatment
1. Minimize the amount of abnormal milk put in the bulk tank
2. Return quarters and cows to normal as quickly and effectively as possible
3. Maximize the sale of wholesome milk
4. Minimize the pain and suffering of mastitis