Finally, systemic treatment is often administered, with oxytetracycline being the only drug labeled fo use in pinkeye. Other therapies might be used, but you need to consult with your veterinarian and -- in custom-rearing facilities -- dairy owners, before adopting other treatments modalities. Dr. Alexander recommends that bacterial cultures be taken and subjected to microbiological analysis for drug sensitivity before administering any systemic antibiotics.
Vaccines labeled for Moraxella boviculi are available, but the effectiveness of these vaccines is questionable. Dr. Alexander reports that these vaccines are not approved for use in the U.K. An article edited by Dr. Duane Murphy at Purdue University explains why these vaccines are not effective, and suggests that a better approach is to control the fly population. This article appears on the Purdue University website. In this same article, Dr. Murphy also recommends the use of bacterial cultures in making a decision about what antibiotic to administer.
Treatment protocols vary by geographic region. Always consult with your veterinarian and nutritionist for specific recommendations for your operation.
For more information visit the Dairy Calf & Heifer Association website.
Source: Roy Williams, DCHA Communications Committee Member and Leadership Class Member