Mastitis

This disease affects breeding age sows. The key clinical signs include inappetence at farrowing; swollen teats; fever.
calendar icon 8 November 2018
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Treatment

Treatment should consist of the following:

  • Oxytocin to let milk down (0.5ml).
  • Antibiotics as prescribed by your veterinarian depending on the organism and its sensitivity. In very severe cases the sow should be injected twice daily. The following could be used:
    • OTC;
    • penicillin and streptomycin;
    • trimethoprim/sulpha;
    • semi-synthetic penicillins such as amoxycillin;
    • framycetin, tylosin, enrofloxacin and ceftiofur.

If the sow is toxic an injection of flunixin could be given.Corticosteroids may also be prescribed.In severe outbreaks the sow can be injected 12 hours prior to farrowing with an appropriate long-acting injection.If sever ulceration on the udder, the animal should be culled.

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