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Identify bovine respiratory disease symptoms

August 29, 2016
POSTED BY: Greg Edwards | DVM | Managing Veterinarian | Dairy Technical Services | Zoetis

Stop. Look. Listen. You’ve seen this safety advice on railroad crossing signs, but did you ever think of applying it to Calf Wellness?

There is a lot at stake for your herd. Be sure to take time every day to identify the following bovine respiratory disease (BRD) symptoms:1

  • Coughing
  • Slow, reduced or zero milk intake during feeding
  • Slow to rise at feeding time
  • Cloudy or thick nasal discharge
  • Visible discharge in either or both eyes
  • Droopy ears
  • Noticeable shake or tilt to the calf’s head

If you detect any respiratory disease symptoms, treat them before the disease progresses. Developments in antibiotic therapy have demonstrated greater success in treating calfhood respiratory disease and reducing its impact.

Discuss using DRAXXIN® (tulathromycin) Injectable Solution with your veterinarian to treat all four major pathogenic causes associated with calfhood BRD: Mycoplasma bovis, Mannheimia haemolytica, Pasteurella multocida and Histophilus somni in suckling and veal calves.

Respiratory disease is one of the leading health concerns impacting dairy operations, even on the best-managed ones. It can reduce average daily gain of calves and heifers, which can lead to reproductive challenges, later calving ages and reduced future milk production.2

These aren’t setbacks you want to encounter, especially when the cost to raise one heifer from birth to freshening averages between $1,595 and $2,935.3

Talk to your veterinarian or Zoetis representative to learn more about managing and treating calfhood respiratory disease.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION FOR DRAXXIN 25: DRAXXIN 25 has a pre-slaughter withdrawal time of 22 days in calves. Do not use in ruminating cattle. Do not use in animals known to be hypersensitive to the product. See full Prescribing Information.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION FOR DRAXXIN: DRAXXIN has a pre-slaughter withdrawal time of 18 days in cattle. Do not use in female dairy cattle 20 months of age or older. Do not use in animals known to be hypersensitive to the product. See full Prescribing Information.

1 Calf Respiratory Scoring Chart. School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Accessed August 3, 2016.

2 Van der Fels-Klerx HJ, Martin SW, Nielen M, Huirne RBM. Effects on productivity and risk factors of bovine respiratory disease in dairy heifers; a review for the Netherlands. Netherlands Journal of Agricultural Science 2002;50(1):27-45.

Stuttgen S, Kohlman T, Hoffman P, Zwald A. There’s nothing equal when raising heifers. Hoard’s Dairyman. 2008:87.




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