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Sidelined by parasites? Keep Calf Wellness in play.

September 07, 2016
POSTED BY: Greg Edwards | DVM | Managing Veterinarian | Dairy Technical Services | Zoetis

Nutrition and disease management can make or break the first 120 days of a heifer’s life. Internal and external parasites can cause setbacks to Calf Wellness, including reduced feed intake and poor digestibility and nutrient absorption. This can sideline a calf’s ability to grow and build immune response, two critical components for achieving full lifetime productivity. Work with your veterinarian to develop parasite diagnosis, treatment and control protocols to help minimize losses caused by parasites.

  • Review the cattle groups raised on your operation to understand the level of parasite exposure.
  • Discuss bedding and feed management to minimize exposure to external parasites.
  • Discuss the benefits of using a broad-spectrum dewormer, such as DECTOMAX® Injectable, as well as treatment timing.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION: DECTOMAX Injectable has a 35-day pre-slaughter withdrawal period. Do not use in female dairy cattle 20 months of age or older. Do not use in calves to be processed for veal. DECTOMAX has been developed specifically for cattle and swine. Use in dogs may result in fatalities.



  • Tips for a cleaner calving area
  • Help guard your calves from scours
  • Spring cleaning items for your Dairy Wellness to-do list
  • Close gaps in your vaccination program


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