Protecting Cattle from Pink Eye

Fly season is just around the corner. If you have cattle, you know flies can create a major problem with pink eye and protecting cattle from pink eye can be difficult. Face flies are attracted to the excessive tearing that occurs at the onset of this very contagious infection. As the face flies travel from one cow to another, so does pinkeye. Once it begins to spread, it’s very tough to isolate, treat, and control. Before you realize it, half of your herd can be infected. Not only is pinkeye painful for cattle, but it can also result in profound weight loss or lack of weight gain in beef calves. Consequently, it is important to 1) take preventative steps ahead of time; 2) recognize the symptoms of pink eye, and 3) when you see symptoms be aggressive immediately.

Protecting Cattle from Pink Eye Tip 1: Take preventative steps

In most cases, the first preventative step in protecting cattle from pink eye is controlling flies. Begin by focusing on breeding sites and eliminating any standing water. In addition, use a safe and effective fly repellent application. Independent testing shows that Curicyn’s Bodyguard Fly Spray is 3 times more effective than other leading fly sprays. Bodyguard is100% organic, non-toxic to humans and all animals, and comes in 3 sizes. And because it works via the olfactory receptors in the pests, less product is needed on the animal.

Protecting Cattle from Pink Eye Tip 2: Recognize the symptoms

Early treatment is essential in protecting cattle from pink eye so recognizing symptoms is important. The first signs to look for include: tearing and watery eye discharge, aversion to sunlight, and squinting. Also look for excessive blinking and reddening and swelling of the eyelids and the third eyelid. As the infection progresses, the middle of the eye will become cloudy and eventually turn completely white. Occasionally, the cornea may ulcerate. In rare cases, if left untreated, pink eye can result in blindness.

Protecting Cattle from Pink Eye Tip 3: Treat infected animals

Once you recognize an onset, early treatment can be extremely successful in protecting cattle from pink eye. Curicyn’s Pink Eye Solution is an aggressive, non-toxic product. It is an easy, 1x application process that helps promote healing in 1-3 days. The Kit includes everything you need:

  • (1) 3oz bottle of Pink Eye Solution (5 doses in a bottle)
  • (5) Biodegradable, environmentally compatible patches
  • (1) Tube of adhesive
  • (1) Resealable bag

Since direct sunlight is painful to a pink eye affected animal, it is recommended to protect the eye with an eyepatch. Shielding the infected eye reduces the pain, consequently, the animal is more comfortable and will continue to graze. This will reduce weight loss that is often associated with pink eye. The eyepatch also protects the animal’s eye from dust, debris, and other irritations. Most important, it helps isolate the contamination.

In conclusion, following these 3 tips for protecting your cattle from pink eye should benefit both you and your cattle. Curicyn’s Bodyguard Fly Spray and Curicyn’s Pink Eye Kit are the perfect products to have on hand before fly season starts. Together the two will help decrease the chances of production losses in cattle due to pink eye. In addition, Curicyn’s prices are exceptional. Pick up Curicyn’s Bodyguard Fly Spray and Pink Eye Kit at your local Curicyn retailer or order online and get free shipping.  Curicyn’s Pink Eye Solution can also be purchased separately. Bulk quantities of Curicyn’s Pink Eye Solution are also available upon request. Contact our main office at (800) 467-0547 or email info@curicyn.com. 

References 

Brunori, C., (personal communication, February, 5 2019). 

Champness, D., Farquhar, N. (February 2008). Pink eye in beef cattle. Agriculture Victoria. Retrieved from http://agriculture.vic.gov.au/agriculture/livestock/beef/beef-health-and-welfare/pink-eye-in-beef-cattle

O’Brien, A. (July 29, 2014). Giving pink eye the stink eye. Pet MD. Retrieved from https://www.petmd.com/blogs/thedailyvet/vheuer/2014/july/giving-pink-eye-stink-eye-31899

Sjeklocha, D. (Apr 01, 2010). How to prevent & treat pinkeye in cattle. Beef. Retrieved from https://www.beefmagazine.com/farm-life/week-agribusiness-jan-19-2019

 

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