This article is part of the supplement: Focus on Bovine Mastitis: knowledge into practice
Treatment of mastitis during lactation
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-S40Published: 1 April 2009
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.