The Efficacy of Meloxicam as an Adjunct Therapy in the Treatment of Neonatal Calf Diarrhea Complex
Keywords:calf diarrhea, Meloxicam therapy, oral electrolyte, antibiotic therapy
Neonatal calf diarrhea complex has a significant impact on the dairy industry. The National Animal Health Monitoring System reports that diarrhea accounts for greater than 60% of pre-weaned calf deaths. A recent field study in Europe has identified beneficial effects of Meloxicam therapy in calves with diarrhea. This controlled trial examined the efficacy of Meloxicam administration in combination with oral electrolyte and antibiotic therapy for the treatment of calf diarrhea. Compared to control animals, the Meloxicam-treated calves experienced significant improvements in clinical parameters, such as hydration status, fecal consistency, rectal temperature and signs of visceral pain. Overall, calfrecovery from the episode of diarrhea was improved for calves receiving Meloxicam therapy, compared to placebo-treated calves. The objective of the current study was to examine the effects of Meloxicam administration on calf health, behavior and performance in calves with neonatal calf diarrhea complex in Ontario.