Metacam 40 and Improving Outcomes in Masititis

metacam and mastitis

Are you using NSAIDs to treat mastitis?

Metacam 40 mg/ml gives you the convenience of a low dose injection volume in a highly concentrated Meloxicam solution, making Metacam 40 the right choice for pain relief in cattle.

Managing pain and inflammation from routine husbandry procedures and other conditions can support an improved recovery. This is a key component of efficient herd management and productivity. Metacam 40 makes managing health and wellbeing a whole lot easier.
  • 72 hour duration of effect in cattle.
  • Lowest volume per treatment for a meloxicam product.
While it is double the strength, it is not double the cost. Talk to your KeyVet about how Metacam 40 can benefit your herd.

Improving Outcomes in Mastitis

Research has shown that adding Metacam, a long-acting non-steroidal anti-inflammatory, alongside routine antibiotic treatments for mastitis can have a significant impact on herd reproductive performance and may improve treatment success rates.

The negative effect that mastitis has on udder health and milk production is well understood. Mastitis can also have an impact on the retention of dairy cattle on-farm, by affecting their ability to become pregnant and remain in the milking herd. Even a mild case of mastitis can reduce conception rates in dairy cattle by 29%, while moderate to severe cases can reduce the chance of pregnancy by 46%.
Results from a landmark NZ study (The MAMMARY study2) and a large multi-national study (The FERTILE study3) found that cows treated for mild to moderate mastitis with the anti-inflammatory Metacam in addition to antibiotics had improved fertility and better infection cure rates compared to those treated with a placebo. Findings included:

  • Increased first service conception rate by 48%.
  • Increased chance of pregnancy by 120 days post-calving by 29%.
  • 32% increase in bacteriological cure rate.

Using a single dose of Metacam in combination with your usual antibiotic mastitis treatment not only helps in recovery at the time but also has the potential to provide significant long-term benefits for your herd. Metacam may also help to improve cure rates, which could in turn reduce the need for extended antibiotic treatments or reliance on different antibiotics to try and cure a single case of mastitis.
Confused about when to use Non Steroidal Anti Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)? Vet Erin recently shared this helpful article.


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1. M. Fuenzalida, P. Fricke, and P. Ruegg, The association between occurrence and severity of subclinical and clinical mastitis on pregnancies per artificial insemination at first service of Holstein cows. Journal of dairy Science, 2015. 98(6): p. 3791-3805.

2. S. McDougall, M. Bryan, and R. Tiddy, Effect of treatment with the nonsteroidal antiinflammatory meloxicam on milk production, somatic cell count, probability of re-treatment, and culling of dairy cows with mild clinical mastitis. Journal of Dairy Science, 2009. 92(9): p. 4421-4431.

3. S. McDougall, et al., Addition of meloxicam to the treatment of clinical mastitis improves subsequent reproductive performance. Journal of dairy science, 2016. 99(3): p. 2026-2042.


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