Equine mastitis ‐ a review of 28 cases

P. M. McCUE, William D Wilson

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Mastitis was diagnosed in 28 mares. Cytological evaluation of milk samples showed large numbers of neutrophils in 72 per cent and bacteria in 33 per cent. Aerobic bacteria were cultured from 71 per cent of samples. Streptococcus zooepidemicus was the most common isolate (37 per cent). Gram‐negative species accounted for 42 per cent. Determination of the probability for antimicrobial susceptibility of bacterial isolates from mares with mastitis indicated that a trimethoprim‐sulphonamide combination would be active against more than 75 per cent of isolates while penicillin would be active against less than 60 per cent. Systemic antibiotics, frequent milking, hotpacks and/or hydrotherapy and, if possible, infusion of an intramammary antibiotic preparation is recommended for treatment of equine mastitis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)351-353
Number of pages3
JournalEquine Veterinary Journal
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Equine


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