Impact of meloxicam on respiratory virus titers and health outcomes when administered concurrently with a modified live respiratory vaccine in abruptly weaned beef steers

  • Elizabeth R. Homerosky Veterinary Agri-Health Services, Ltd., Rocky View County, Alberta, T4B 4L5, Canada
  • Michael J. Jelinski Veterinary Agri-Health Services, Ltd., Rocky View County, Alberta, T4B 4L5, Canada
  • Craig Dorin Veterinary Agri-Health Services, Ltd., Rocky View County, Alberta, T4B 4L5, Canada
Keywords: meloxicam, vaccine titers, health outcomes

Abstract

Anti-inflammatories are highly recommended as a method to reduce pain and inflammation associated with certain diseases, injuries, stressful events, and painful procedures in beef cattle. Unfortunately, glucocorticosteroids have been associated with adverse health effects when used as ancillary therapy for diseases such as bovine respiratory disease. As such, the use of less potent nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as meloxicam, have gained popularity in recent years. Although effective at mitigating pain, meloxicam has impacts on health that are not fully understood. The first objective of this research was to determine the effects of meloxicam administered upon arrival at the feedlot on primary vaccination response. This was achieved by measuring BHV-1, BRSV, BPIV-3, and coronavirus (CV) titers i) during vaccination upon arrival at the feedlot to determine baseline titers, ii) after 7 d to detect acute immune response, and iii) after 21 d to detect peak immune response. The second objective was to determine the impact of meloxicam on health outcomes by evaluating morbidity and mortality through 45 d.

Published
2021-10-09
Section
Research Summaries