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Behavioral changes in dairy cows with mastitis

Authors: C. Medrano-Galarza , J. Gibbons , S. Wagner ,  A. M. de Passillé  and J. Rushen.

Organization: Applied Animal Behavior and Animal Welfare Programme, The University of Edinburgh, Easter Bush Veterinary Centre.

Summary: Mastitis is a frequent and painful disease in dairy cows. However, pain detection and alleviation in mastitic cows has been overlooked. The objectives of this study were to measure behavioral changes in dairy cows with clinical mastitis and to investigate the effect of intramammary infusion of an antibiotic on lying behavior and behavior during milking.

Link: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23040015