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This article is part of the supplement: Focus on Bovine Mastitis: knowledge into practice

Open Access Review

Treatment of mastitis during lactation

S Pyörälä

Author Affiliations

University of Helsinki, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Production Animal Medicine, Pohjoinen Pikatie 800 FI-04920 Saarentaus, Finland

Irish Veterinary Journal 2009, 62(Suppl 4):S40-44  doi:10.1186/2046-0481-62-S4-S40

Published: 1 April 2009

Abstract

Treatment of mastitis should be based on bacteriological diagnosis and take national and international guidelines on prudent use of antimicrobials into account. In acute mastitis, where bacteriological diagnosis is not available, treatment should be initiated based on herd data and personal experience. Rapid bacteriological diagnosis would facilitate the proper selection of the antimicrobial. Treating subclinical mastitis with antimicrobials during lactation is seldom economical, because of high treatment costs and generally poor efficacy. All mastitis treatment should be evidence-based, i.e., the efficacy of each product and treatment length should be demonstrated by scientific studies. Use of on-farm written protocols for mastitis treatment promotes a judicious use of antimicrobials and reduces the use of antimicrobials.

Keywords:
antibiotic; antimicrobial; bovine; intramammary; lactation; mastitis; systemic; therapy; treatment