Treatment of the Disease
- Therapeutic treatment:
- Potential sulphonamide injections
- Causes long withdrawal period
- Drug stays persistent in system
- Used to treat coccidian
- A polyether ionophore antibiotic
- Is active against certain gram-positive mircroorganisms, including coccidian
- Prevents sodium and potassium passage through the cell membrane of the parasite
- Prevents sodium transport into the cell
- Potassium accumulates in cell
- Inhibits mitochondrial function
- Inhibits oxidation and hydrolysis of adenosine triphosphate
- Fifteen g/ton can be fed to ewes from 4 weeks before lambing until weaning and can be fed to lambs from 4-20 weeks of age
- It can be toxic to lambs at levels of 4 mg/kg
- Lassalocid can be effective if given 15-70 mg/head/day
- Monensin at 22 mg/kg and lasalocid at 100mg/kg is an effective prophylactic against coccidiosis in early weaned lambs in a feedlot condition.
- Pasture rotation can greatly reduce parasites and help in control.
- Early exposure can result in solid immunity development.
- Treatment of affected sheep is ineffective but can reduce severity if begun early.
- A table of products used to treat and/or prevent coccidiosis in livestock can be found from this website:
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