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Comparative Pharmacokinetics of Meloxicam between Healthy Post-partum versus Mid-lactation Dairy Cattle

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posted on 15.07.2020 by Rochelle Warner, Joshua Ydstie, Larry Wulf, Ronette Gehring, Johann Coetzee, Jonathan Mochel, Patrick Gorden
Lactating dairy cattle are at risk for various painful conditions throughout their life, such as lameness, parturition, mastitis and metabolic disorders. These conditions necessitate adequate methods of analgesia to address welfare concerns through efficacious pain mitigation. As no method of analgesia has been approved for lactating dairy cattle, to date, research is necessary to determine effective pain management strategies for dairy cattle. In both the European Union and Canada, meloxicam has been approved for use in lactating dairy cattle as a methodology for pain control. The objective of this study was to characterize the pharmacokinetics of meloxicam administered orally and intravenously to lactating dairy cattle in the post-partum vs. mid-lactation period. In this parallel study design, 12 healthy, lactating Holsteins were enrolled within 24 h of freshening and randomly allocated to intravenous (0.2 mg/kg) or oral (1.0 mg/kg) meloxicam administration treatment groups. They were matched based on parity to 12, healthy cows that were considered mid-lactation (>150 days-in-milk (DIM)) to receive the same treatment. Based on meloxicam formulation, sampling times varied and plasma was collection via jugular venipuncture for six days. Plasma drug concentrations were evaluated using liquid chromatography coupled with mass spectroscopy and pharmacokinetic properties were evaluated using non-compartmental (i.e. statistical moments) analysis. Results indicated a decreased systemic clearance of meloxicam in post-partum relative to mid-lactation cows, which resulted in a longer half-life and increased total exposure independent of mode of administration. These results suggest a need for dose adjustments based on stage in lactation and further assessment of the impact of days-in-milk on milk withholding period

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Iowa Livestock Health Advisory Council

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