Draxxin is an FDA-approved antibiotic that’s primarily used to treat Infectious bovine keratoconjunctivitis, foot rot and bovine respiratory disease (BRD) caused Mannheimia (Pasteurella) haemolytica, Pasteurella multocida, Mycoplasma bovis, and Histophilus somni. BRD is a devastating respiratory disease that causes coughing, nasal discharge, or behavioral changes. Draxxin can be used for adult cattle, calves, and veal calves.
The active ingredient in Draxxin is tulathromycin; each ml of Draxxin injection contains 100 mg of tulathromycin, 500 mg of propylene glycol, 19.2 mg of citric acid, and 5 mg of monothioglycerol. Draxxin for cattle works by inhibiting the synthesis of the protein that forms the basis of the organism’s cell wall. This causes bacterial death and leads to improved clinical signs.
What Draxxin Treats in Cattle
Draxxin is a veterinary antibiotic that fights against bacterial infections and diseases in cattle, such as:
- Respiratory diseases such as bovine respiratory disease (BRD), Pneumonia, and other respiratory diseases
- Eye infections
- Skin conditions in cattle
- Urinary tract infections
Draxxin is used to treat infections caused by susceptible strains of Escherichia coli, Pasteurella multocida, and Mannheimia haemolytica. Draxxin For Cattle is available as an injection or oral solution. The injection can be given as a single dose or divided doses over several days depending on the condition being treated and the severity of the infection.
Dosage and Administration
Draxxin is administered subcutaneously by injection into the muscle of an animal’s hindquarters or neck area. The recommended dose of Draxxin for cattle is 1.1 mL per 100 lb body weight. This injection is given as a single dose; a thorough massage of the injection site is recommended after administration and most importantly, ensure you do not inject more than 10 mL per injection site.
A withdrawal period of 21 days must be observed when Draxxin is given to cows; the meat and offal must not be consumed during this period. Lastly, consult a veterinarian for advice on how long you should continue administering the drug.
Side Effects of Draxxin in cattle
Side effects of Draxxin in cattle are not uncommon, the most common ones include:
- Unusual gait (walking) or posture (standing up)
The severity of the side effects is dependent on the age, weight, physiological status of the cow, how long, and how much Draxxin is given to the cow.
Draxxin should not be given to lactating cows that are producing milk for human consumption; as well as pregnant cow or heifers. Draxxin can help your cow get better if they have any sort of bacterial infection. You should consult with a vet before using it.