Once an animal develops symptoms of bovine respiratory disease (BRD), there is more-or-less only one tool in the toolbox – antibiotics. However, as most producers have learned at some point or another, the same product, or the same strategy, doesn’t always have the same effect.
Bovine respiratory disease complex (BRDC) treatment starts with prevention, for good reason. Implemented properly, a strong health program will generate antibodies against dangerous bacteria and viruses, stimulate a strong immune response and reduce the threat from parasites. However, if these precautions aren’t successful, BRD pathogens can invade and are destructive, opportunistic and quick to develop into dangerous multi-pathogen complexes.