The case of subacute mastitis with agalactia at European bison cow


  • Michał K. Krzysiak European Bison Breeding Center, Białowieża National Park


European bison, subacute mastitis


In August 2009 subacute inflammation of the udder combined with agalactia was diagnosed in sixteen year old female European bison from Breeding Center in Bialowieża National Park. The udder problem was noticed by one of the park guards. Cow wouldn’t let calf suck the milk and was chasing it away. Clinical investigation after immobilization revealed that each udder lymph node was of shape and size of a plum, located within the medial surface of thighs and udder, smooth, painful, of firm texture, temperature not higher than that of surrounding tissue and movable towards the ground and within the skin. Mammal gland was enlarged (visible swelling), only two halves of udder (2 teats), semicircular in shape, firm texture, sensitive to touch (especially the right half), with the temperature of the surrounding tissue. Agalactia. After immobilization was used a general treatment was applied with fast and long acting antibiotic – Shotapen (Penicillium proc.; Penicillium ben.; Streptomycinum) 1ml/10 kg BW. Local treatment: rinsing the udder with Potassium permanganate solution. Multimastit (Penicillium proc.; Streptomycinum; Neomycinum; Prednisolone) via tube syringe one dose to each teat. Camphor – iodine ointment applied to the whole udder. Female return to health – after 48 hours calf began to suck the cow. 



How to Cite

Krzysiak, M. K. (2010). The case of subacute mastitis with agalactia at European bison cow. European Bison Conservation Newsletter, 3, 91–94. Retrieved from



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