Dectomax™ Injection for Cattle

Dectomax injection for cattle and sheep

Dectomax™ Injection for Cattle

Dectomax Injection delivers broad spectrum parasite control in cattle. Containing doramectin, it treats and controls gastrointestinal roundworms, lungworms, eyeworms, warbles, sucking lice and mange mites. It can be used strategically at turnout to protect cattle from parasitic gastro-enteritis and parasitic bronchitis throughout the grazing season, as well as clinical disease caused by lungworm.

Key Features

  • Treat at turnout and 8 weeks later
  • Persistency against roundworms and lungworm
  • Single sub cutaneous injection

Packs available

Dectomax Injection is available in the following bottle sizes: 50ml ; 250ml ; 500ml

Dectomax Injection for Cattle Product Information

Target activity of Dectomax Injection for Cattle

Dectomax Injection treats and controls infections of gastrointestinal roundworms, lungworms, eyeworms, warbles, lice and mange mites in cattle: 

Gastrointestinal roundworms (adults and fourth stage larvae)

  • Ostertagia ostertagi (inc. inhibited larvae)
  • O. lyrata (adults)
  • Haemonchus placei
  • Trichostrongylus axei
  • T. colubriformis
  • Cooperia oncophora
  • C. pectinata (adults)
  • C. punctata (adults)
  • C. surnabada (adults) (syn. mcmasteri)
  • Nematodirus spathiger (adults)
  • Bunostomum phlebotomum (adults)
  • Strongyloides papillosus (adults)
  • Oesophagostomum radiatum
  • Trichuris spp (adults)

Lungworms (adults and fourth stage larvae): Dictyocaulus viviparus

Eyeworms (adults): Thelazia spp

Warbles (parasitic stages)

  • Hypoderma bovis
  • H. lineatum

Sucking lice

  • Haematopinus eurystemus
  • Linognathus vituli
  • Solenopotes capillatus

Mange mites

  • Psoroptes bovis
  • Sarcoptes scabiei

May also be used as an aid in the control of Nematodirus helvetianus, biting lice (Damalinia bovis) and the mange mite Chorioptes bovis.

Special warnings

Care should be taken to avoid the following practices because they increase the risk of development of resistance and could ultimately result in ineffective therapy:

Too frequent and repeated use of anthelmintics from the same class, over an extended period of time.

Underdosing, which may be due to underestimation of bodyweight, misadministration of Dectomax Injection, or lack of calibration of the dosing device.

Suspected clinical cases of resistance to anthelmintics should be further investigated using appropriate tests (Faecal Egg Count Reduction Tests). Where the results of the test(s) strongly suggest resistance to a particular anthelmintic, an anthelmintic belonging to another pharmacological class and having a different mode of action should be used.

Special precautions for use in animals

Dectomax Injection does not contain an antimicrobial preservative. Swab the septum before removing each dose. Use sterile equipment and follow aseptic procedures.

When treating groups of animals, use only the Dectomax automatic dosing device and vented draw-off apparatus.

Syringes must be filled from the vial through a dry, sterile draw-off needle that has been placed in the vial stopper. Vial stoppers must not be broached more than 20 times. 

Special precautions to be taken by the person administering Dectomax Injection to animals.

Do not eat, drink or smoke whilst handling the product. Wash hands and exposed skin after use. Take care to avoid accidental self-administration – seek medical attention if any specific signs are noticed.

Advice to medical practitioners: in cases of accidental self-administration, specific symptoms have rarely been observed and therefore any cases should be treated symptomatically.

Other precautions

Doramectin is very toxic to dung fauna and aquatic organisms and may accumulate in sediments. The risks to aquatic organisms and dung fauna can be reduced by avoiding too frequent and repeated use of doramectin (and products of the same anthelmintic class) in cattle.

The risk to aquatic ecosystems will be reduced by keeping treated cattle away from water bodies for two to five weeks after treatment