U-Seal® is indicated for the prevention of mastitis in dairy cows during the non-lactating (dry) period and early post-calving.
U-Seal® is a teat sealant that is designed to prevent clinical and subclinical mastitis in fresh cows, as well as heifers after their first calving.
See Prescribing Information for full details of Directions for Use of U-Seal®
During the administration of the product it is important to ensure that infection is not introduced. Accidental introduction of bacteria into the quarter during insertion of the intramammary syringe can result in serious mastitis. Thoroughly clean hands prior to administration and wear clean gloves during administration. Immediately after the last milking at drying off, prior to treatment with U-Seal, the udder should be stripped and each teat thoroughly cleaned with a suitable disinfectant. Carefully infuse the entire contents of one injector into each teat to form a seal, preventing ingress of pathogenic bacteria into the udder during the dry period.
After infusion, DO NOT massage or squeeze the teat as this may dislodge the seal.
It is recommended that U-Seal be used as part of a herd approach to dry cow management and mastitis control. Cows considered likely to be free of subclinical mastitis and at risk for new infection in the dry period should be given U-Seal at drying off. Other animals should be managed in accordance with an approved mastitis control plan or specific veterinary advice.
For practical purposes, selection criteria may be based on the mastitis and cell count history of individual cows, or recognised tests for the detection of subclinical mastitis, or bacteriological sampling. As a guide, where there has been no episode of clinical mastitis and at least three individual cow cell counts are available, cows with all cell counts below 250,000 cells/mL may be given U-Seal.
Maiden heifers (first calvers): Administer U-Seal approximately 4 weeks prior to calving to reduce the risk of post-calving mastitis.
Use in combination with antibiotic therapy: In cows that have sub-clinical mastitis, U-Seal may be used following administration of a suitable dry cow antibiotic treatment to the infected quarter. The dry cow antibiotic should be administered in accordance with the product label and massaged into the quarter. Following administration, redisinfect the teat and infuse U-Seal as recommended above.
After U-Seal infusion, DO NOT massage or squeeze the teat as this may dislodge the seal.