Discussion created on 04/20/2010

Treat mastitis without antibiotics

Forum: Mastitis treatment without antibiotics

Dear Users,
This is an interesting forum from our Spanish community, generated by Enrique Astorga from Canada:

As a dairy farmer if you should take a hit of over 80 of mastitis treating the problem without resorting to antibiotics, is to leave your old practices using antibiotics or try to see other alternatives? What would you say if you have 90 success in treatment?

Many dairy farmers in North America are in the search for alternative treatments without antibiotics because they have done much harm to animal health and that is the case of mastitis. With the use of antibiotics in the industry for a long period, no one believes in other alternatives on the market. Breteler Paul from Ontario, Canada, all the time was indifferent because it did not believe in the other alternatives, he decided to become more scientific in its evaluation of other treatments for mastitis with a degree in agricultural sciences in the Netherlands. Breteler didn’t think much about using a natural lotion udders that his neighbors used. He had tried other creams and nothing gave him the results he expected. This creamy lotion is no secret his name is Udder Comfort.

During a period of 5 months, Breteler documented each case of mastitis in 80 cows. Working with laboratory Mayer, culture tests were conducted to identify the microorganisms present in each case. Five different organisms were found in the 11 tests carried out: Staphylococcus aureus, Staph.Sp, Strep.no-ag., E.coli and yeast.

Using the lotion 2 times daily after each milking for a period of 5 days, Breteler was surprised to reach a success rate of 82 in the treatment of mastitis. If he had not excluded from the evidence a cow thet did not eat and had a high fever, its success rate would have been more than 90.

Nicks Thurles experience, allows to see the benefits related to treatment with natural lotion. The cost of treatment is $ 5 per cow and is a natural product, and we can still keep the milk in the tank

Dr. Doug Evans, a veterinarian and breeder of Ayrshires, after 31 years he was convinced and now recommends the product. The use it in the morning and afternoon in cows to stop and have edema.

An improvement was noted between 12 and 24 hours after applying the treatment and disappearance of edema is the 2 or 3 days. To use Udder Comfort mastitis without resorting to antibiotics, in cases of mastitis that are not severe, in which the cow is of a bit of fever and which retains its appetite. In 48 hours these cows are recovered only simple lotion. If you think desirable may also give an aspirin or Bonamin as directed by your veterinarian.

Breteler, said that the high percentage of success was due to 3 key factors:

1) Because it is only a natural and effective formula of the lotion.
Its active ingredients are pepper mint oil, tea tree, menthol and lanolin. Pepper Mint is known for its cooling effects, and ease the pain. Scientists say that tea tree oil has an antiseptic effect, antifungal, antibacterial.
2) Suggests applying the cream to the early unusual signs in milk. For example, a milk cow that keeps the udder is hard, a single application is sufficient to help make it normal. The treatment is preventative rather than curative.

Finally, Breteler suggests that a regular application for 2 days after the appearance of lumps in the milk allows a great success in the treatment of mastitis in addition to smooth out the udder. He recommends performing a massage on the affected side, like the contour of the ligaments over a minute akin to ensure that all parties concerned are well covered. If you compare the cost of antibiotic treatment and disposal cost of milk, the economy is $ 20 per cow. It is interesting to use since this is a unique and natural. Do not you think so?

Is there a more effective natural solution?

María Giovanardi
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Ralph Ginsberg Ralph Ginsberg
Animal Husbandry - Udder health & Milk Quality
April 27, 2010

The mentioned product is good for reducing udder infamation but has no effect on the bacteria or yeast causing the infection (mastitis)

April 27, 2010

We used this protocol (plus a 2-3 cc IV oxitocin injection at milking time 2-3 times) only in herds where Gram negative udder infections were the problem.(ambiental pathogens)
We had not the some good results in udders infected with Staph. aureus, SNC,... or other contagious agents.
So, we recommend to understand what the mastitis problem is installed in each herd, before starting using whatever protocol for the mastitis treatment or prevention.

Praful Kumar Praful Kumar
Assistant Manager
April 28, 2010

Thanks for this nice sharing of experience of herbal as an alternative approach to mastitis.
Really, mastitis is a devastating disease which takes heavy tolls. The amount of mastitis that a herd experience is determined by the rate that new infection develop and the length of time that existing infections persists. Prevention of mastitis is the most cost effective strategy to control mastitis. Use of antibiotics in the treatment of mastitis is a rountine practice however, antibiotic residues in milk, development of antibiotic resistant organism, recurrence of mastitis, teat injury etc arethe problems associated with it, so urgent need to switch to alternative approach was felt. If we can identify the subclinical cases of mastitis (Where symptoms are not obvious but milk profile changes and production reduced) in field condition itself and manage not to get it converted into clinical mastitis, the associated losses could be prevented. Also importance of udder immunity in case of fighting with the disease can not be ignored, when we talk about mastitis management naturally.Once bacteria penetrate the teat end opening, it is the efficiency of natural defense mechanism which determines the resistance of the mammary gland to new intramammary infections. There is also immuno-vulnerability and consequent increased susceptibility to intramammary infections during stressful periods like peripartum phase in cows.

Studies from Indian field says that on screening of apprantly healthy animals for subclinical mastitis, 51 % cows found to be positive and yielded isolation of bacteria or fungi. Staphylococcus spp. being the predominant pathogen followed by streptococcus sp. In this study the non-antibiotic topical herbal gel MASTILEP has been found to be very effective in controlling subclinical mastitis in lactating cows. regardless of the etiological agent the gel eliminated from the milk both bacteria and fungi substantially after 3 days and totally after 5 days of treatment. Moreover the protective effect on the treated udder was fairly prolonged. Milk yield has been found to increase 13% to 19 % and mean Somatic Cell Counts have largely reduced in treatment groups (Mastilep - herbal topical gel)
The constituent herbal ingredients like Cedrus deodara (Thakur et al., 1989), Curcuma longa (Bone, 1991 Ammon and Wahi 1992), Glycerrhiza glabra (Akamatsu et al.,1991) and Eucalyptus globulus (Satyavati.,1976) have been previously established as alternative medicine and well known for their antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, anti-histaminic and immuno-modulatory porperties. Efficacy of Mastilep is due to combined action of the ingredient herbs which mediates natural immunity a the cellular leve, helps in strenthening the udder integrity and defense mechanism through the combined effect of recuitment of effector cells to the mammary glands, enhanced bacterial clearance by phygocytic cell populations and regulations of acute inflammatory reactions. It is helping you and cow both ways, first Imroves profit and productivity and second it makes your cow produce safe milk, more close to nature, without any undersirable residues.
If you have dairy cows and want to know how much your are loosing each day with mastitis and how much you can make profit by switchning to herbals,

Sergio Velez Sergio Velez
Animal Nutritionist
April 30, 2010

With all due respect. We must hear without prejudice because everyone has a story to tell and in their story may lay truth or another way of solving old and new problems. However I would vey strongly suggest Engormix managers to filter out or pass through a pannel of jurors the different publications appearing in this publication. Obviously a cream or lotion apllied to the udder mas relieve some symptoms associated with mastitis. However it makes very little sense to think that such a potion apllied on the skin of the udder - at least as of today- will cure a bacterial infection occurring inside the udder and its tissues. I say so with the outmost respect but also in seeking better science and less ver questionable or at least unsopported probably commerce biased comments on this site. Thanks

Ralph Ginsberg Ralph Ginsberg
Animal Husbandry - Udder health & Milk Quality
April 30, 2010
Well said Sergio I fully agree that before publishing a publication it shuold be refereed by a professional and not the Engormix staff. There is no scientific basis for this publication. As Dr Ribeiro correctly said you do not give antibiotics for Gram negative udder infections, ie E Coli, and the product is only good (it is good) for relieving inflamation. There is no possable way that it can cure a gram posotive infection and especcially Staph. aureus, SNC, etc
April 30, 2010

I fully agree with comments of Mr Ralph and Mr sergio. So called herbal medicines may give temporary 

relief to the animal with mastitis without eradicating the responsible bacteria and it will allow to grow bacteria 

further to create complications which may be difficult to control. 

While I keep my mind open to accept any new innovation backed by scientific data I am not going to take 

any risk to leave my animals on the mercy of such herbal formubylations without certification of its active ingredients 

by any reputed lab. Unfortunately in my country on checking even steroids were found therefore it is risky 

to believe and use such alternatives without scientific back up

May 4, 2010
Dear users,

We posted this message cause we know its polemic and we wanted you to enlighten our community with your knowledge and expertise.

Thank you for sharing your point of view

July 19, 2019

Can we use other herbal drugs to prevent this problem?

October 13, 2020
Sumit Patel yes we can but at initial stages in acute cases we should not waste time to make the cases worst but go for proper antibiotics treatment
July 25, 2019

Yes without antibiotic mastitis treatment is effective by homeopathic treatment as such as possible I can. We are practicing the medicine and having good result in cows buffalo and all type of battles.

August 30, 2020

Good day, I live in Namibia, Africa. I would like to know the proper recipe for the mastitis mixture please. I am also one that believes in natural medicines. I would really appreciate if you can assist in this matter.


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