Carprofen in dairy cattle with toxic mastitis

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fresian-cow-1386948-640x640During a visit to one of your dairy farms, the owner Steve Jones comments that he has had a number of cows sick with mastitis, which he thinks are caused by E. coli. He finds these cases very difficult to treat.

Steve has recently seen an advert for an anti-inflammatory drug containing carprofen, which claims that it will improve the recovery rate of cows with toxic mastitis. Over the years, you have had a number of conversations with Steve about the relative merits of different treatment options for cases of toxic E. coli mastitis. You wonder if carprofen would make a difference to recovery of cows on Steve’s farm.

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