Why is early treatment of pinkeye important?
Pinkeye, a contagious bacterial infection of the eye, can deliver a major economic hit to dairymen in terms of decreased milk production, weight loss and treatment costs.
Left untreated, pinkeye can rapidly spread through a herd. Pinkeye results in swelling, pain and, in severe cases, ulcerations and even blindness in an estimated 2 percent of affected cattle.
Early detection and treatment of pinkeye limits the spread of this highly contagious condition. Face flies are a major culprit when it comes to transmitting pinkeye.
Once a fly lands on the eye or eye area of an infected animal, the pinkeye bacteria can live on its legs and wings for up to three days, allowing a single fly to infect numerous animals.