Pneumonia treatment trials on commercial farms across the UK
show that the use of an antibiotic in combination with an anti-inflammatory
will deliver marked animal recovery. Combination therapy with
Resflor is also more effective than antibiotic alone when it
come to minimising the pneumonia-induced lung damage that will
stop the animal reaching its lifetime growth potential.
Trials show that treating pneumonic calves with Resflor will deliver 37% less lung damage compared with animals treated with antibiotic alone.
“Seventeen pneumonia outbreaks were monitored last winter
by vets in practice,” reports Schering-Plough livestock veterinary
adviser Andrew Montgomery MRCVS. “On the first veterinary
visit, calf temperatures were taken as an indication of the severity
of the pneumonia with depression and respiratory scores also recorded.
The animals were then treated with the innovative Resflor pneumonia
treatment that combines antibiotic and anti-inflammatory therapy
within in a single injection. As little as six hours later the
independent vets re-visited the units to assess the success of
“Across the 17 outbreaks, all calves that were particularly sick – identified
as those with an average enrolment temperature of 104ºF or over – recorded
an average fall of over 2ºF within six hours of the combination treatment
injection. This brought the temperature down to well below the accepted 103ºF
“The respiratory and depression scores also markedly improved within six
hours. Farmers also reported visible improvements and marked animal recovery
immediately post-treatment,” he says.
Andrew Montgomery points out the Resflor combination treatment will also help
minimise the growth-rate limiting lung damage that pneumonia can cause. “Trials
have shown Resflor will deliver 37% less lung damage compared with cattle treated
with antibiotic-alone,” he points out.
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