Anti-inflammatory ketoprofen in the treatment of field cases of bovine mastitis

N. Y. Shpigel*, R. Chen, M. Winkler, A. Saran, G. Ziv, F. Longo

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The efficacy of ketoprofen in the treatment of acute clinical mastitis was evaluated in a clinical trial comprising a non-blind controlled study and a blind, placebo-controlled study. All the cows were treated with 20 g sulphadiazine and 4 g trimethoprim intramuscularly upon diagnosis, and half the dosage was given once daily thereafter. In addition, the ketoprofen treatment groups received 2 g ketoprofen intramuscularly once daily for the duration of the antimicrobial therapy. Recovery rates for the non-blind contemporary controls and the blind placebo-controls were 83·7 per cent and 70·7 per cent, respectively. In the non-blind controlled ketoprofen and the placebo-controlled ketoprofen treatment groups, recovery rates were 94·7 per cent and 92·3 per cent, respectively. The odds ratio (OR) of recovery was significantly (P<-0·01) high in the placebo-controlled study (OR = 6·75, confidence interval [CI] = 1·45 to 31·4), and high but not significant in the non-blind controlled study (OR = 2·64, CI = 0·53 to 13·10). It was concluded that ketoprofen significantly improved recovery in clinical mastitis in dairy cows.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)62-68
Number of pages7
JournalResearch in Veterinary Science
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1994


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