Fight metritis right from the start
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Fight metritis right from the start

April 03, 2014
POSTED BY: Gary Neubauer | DVM | Senior Manager | Dairy Technical Services | Zoetis

Calving puts stress on your cows. Sometimes, a stressed cow can lead to a sick cow.

When a cow’s uterus is recovering from calving trauma, her body can be too weak to fight an invading infection. Bacteria begin to grow quickly, damaging the lining of the uterus and causing metritis. Dystocia, a retained placenta, ketosis and twins are common metritis risks. And the symptoms are pretty obvious: foul-smelling discharge, high fever, depression and a lack of appetite.

Antibiotics neutralize metritis-causing bacteria to help fight the infection while the cow’s defense cells are recovering from immune suppression. But when treating a fresh cow for metritis, appearances can be deceiving. Even though she may appear to be recovering, her immune system could still be at war with a uterine infection. Stopping treatment too early can lead to bacteria regrowth and reinfection. This can lead to disease relapse, expensive re-treatment and, worse, increased residue risk.

So treat metritis right the first time. Work with your veterinarian to help her win the battle with a full duration of antibiotic therapy from EXCEDE® (ceftiofur crystalline free acid) Sterile Suspension or EXCENEL® RTU EZ (ceftiofur hydrochloride) Sterile Suspension, the only on-label treatments for metritis backed by the Residue Free Guarantee.

EXCEDE is indicated for the treatment of metritis in two easy doses given 72 hours apart. EXCENEL RTU EZ also treats metritis with five daily doses and a four-day pre-slaughter withdrawal time, one of the shortest withdrawal times of treatments on the market today.

Both products provide the peace of mind and profitability that come with the Zoetis Residue Free Guarantee™, the assurance of zero milk discard and a known meat withdrawal time.


IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION FOR EXCEDE:People with known hypersensitivity to penicillin or cephalosporins should avoid exposure to EXCEDE. EXCEDE is contraindicated in animals with known allergy to ceftiofur or to the ß-lactam group (penicillins and cephalosporins) of antimicrobials. Inadvertent intra-arterial injection is possible and fatal. Do not use in calves to be processed for veal. Pre-slaughter withdrawal time is 13 days following the last dose. See full Prescribing Information, here.

 IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION for EXCENEL RTU EZ:People with known hypersensitivity to penicillin or cephalosporins should avoid exposure to EXCENEL RTU EZ. Do not use in animals found to be hypersensitive to the product. Do not slaughter cattle for 4 days following last treatment. Do not use in calves to be processed for veal. See full Prescribing Information, here.

Residue Free Guarantee: If you use a Zoetis-branded ceftiofur product according to label indications, and experience a violative ceftiofur residue in milk or meat, Zoetis will compensate you for the beef market value of the animal or purchase the tanker of milk at fair market value. You must purchase the product from a Zoetis-approved supplier, use the product according to label indications, have documentation of the product purchase and treatment records, and have conducted training on appropriate use to ensure proper dose and route of administration of the product. Extra-label use as prescribed by a veterinarian is excluded from the guarantee. If you experience a ceftiofur residue violation after following label indications and the above steps, contact Zoetis VMIPS (Veterinary Medical Information and Product Support) at 800-366-5288 to report the situation.



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