Flopak Plus (4 In 1)

Flopak Plus (4 In 1) is for the treatment of milk fever, grass tetany and associated metabolic conditions in cattle and sheep.

It is a sterile, non-pyrogenic injection solution of calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and glucose.

Active Ingredients: Calcium (as Calcium Gluconate) @ 27.5g/L, Magnesium (as Magnesium Hypophosphite Mineral-Magnesium) @ 4.7g/L, Glucose @ 182.0g/L, Phosphorus @ 12.2g/L.

Similar or comparable to Minbal 4 in 1 Balanced Mineral Injection (Sykes Vet)

 

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Flopak Plus (4 In 1) FLOPAK Elanco

Description

Flopak Plus (4 In 1) – Calcium and Magnesium Solution with Phosphorus and Glucose

Active Ingredients: Calcium (as Calcium Gluconate) @ 27.5g/L, Magnesium (as Magnesium Hypophosphite Mineral-Magnesium) @ 4.7g/L, Glucose @ 182.0g/L, Phosphorus @ 12.2g/L.

Similar or comparable to Minbal 4 in 1 Balanced Mineral Injection (Sykes Vet)

Flopak Plus (4 In 1) is used in the treatment of milk fever, grass tetany and associated metabolic conditions in cattle and sheep. It is a sterile, non-pyrogenic injection solution of calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and glucose.

Why choose Flopak Plus (4 in 1);

  • A 4-in-1 solution containing calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and glucose.
  • For use on cattle and sheep.
  • A Ready to use bag, sterile needle and delivery tube are included.
  • Subcutaneous Injection.
  • Provides a rapid glucose energy source and restores phosphorus and magnesium levels for treatment of associated metabolic conditions.
  • For use in both cattle and sheep.
  • Ideal for use on ‘downer’ cows.
  • New, improved packaging, pre-attached delivery tube, and separate sterile needle.

What is metabolic disease?

  • Metabolic disease is a collective name given to conditions that are caused by a disturbance in the animal’s normal metabolic processes or a deficiency of an essential nutrient in the body.
  • Metabolic diseases are typically caused by an inability of the animal to meet its demands during times of high production or stress, particularly around late pregnancy and early lactation.
  • These diseases can often occur concurrently and present with similar clinical signs but have very different causes and treatments.

The most common metabolic diseases in sheep and cattle are;

  • Milk Fever – is caused by a deficiency in calcium.
  • Grass Tetany – is caused by a deficiency in magnesium.
  • Ketosis – is caused by a deficiency in energy.

Milk Fever:

  • Milk Fever (hypocalcaemia) is caused by low blood calcium levels.
  • As a cow or ewe’s calcium requirements increase, large amounts of calcium are mobilised from body reserves, such as bone.
  • If mobilisation occurs too slowly, calcium blood levels will drop below optimum, resulting in milk fever.

When does Milk Fever occur?

  • Milk fever predominantly occurs in late pregnancy or post-calving/ lambing, when calcium requirements increase to support the growing foetus and onset of milk production.
  • Milk fever can sometimes occur from inadequate calcium intake and can be triggered by stress.

Predisposing factors:

  • Older, high-producing dairy cows or ewes in good to fat body condition
  • History of milk fever in a previous lactation
  • Sudden changes in feed or grazing on green lush feed (low roughage) before calving or lambing
  • Grazing on high oxalate pastures or cereal grain.

Diagnosis:

  • Diagnosis is typically based on history, clinical signs and response to treatment, which is usually rapid.

Treatment:

  • Treatment is very effective if provided promptly. Give a calcium borogluconate solution (Flopak Plus 4 in 1) by subcutaneous injection into the lower neck or over the ribs at several injection sites (or by slow intravenous injection under veterinary supervision) to restore calcium levels rapidly.
  • Animals lying flat should be propped up to relieve bloat and be protected from bad weather.
  • Repeat treatment every 4-6 hours if a full recovery has not been made. Simultaneous oral calcium supplements can also assist in recovery and prevent potential relapses.

Prevention:

  • Keep cows or ewes on a low calcium diet during late pregnancy by restricting access to green feed and feeding good quality hay and grain.
  • Minimise handling to reduce stress and avoid sudden drops in feed intake at this time.
  • Ensure magnesium levels are adequate before calving or lambing and supplement if necessary.
  • Injection of Vitamin D3 (Hideject) before calving can also be used to promote the mobilisation of bone calcium, which is a more efficient calcium source than dietary calcium.
  • At calving/ lambing and early lactation, increase dietary calcium by grazing clover dominant pasture and providing calcium supplements.

Grass Tetany:

  • Grass Tetany or Grass Staggers (hypomagnesaemia) is caused by low blood magnesium levels.
  • Low magnesium levels can occur from either low dietary intake or poor magnesium availability due to interacting minerals such as potassium, interfering with the absorption of magnesium in the rumen.

When does Grass Tetany occur?

  • Grass tetany commonly occurs during late pregnancy or lactation when magnesium requirements increase.
  • It is often associated with low calcium levels and can be triggered by stress or reduced feed intake.

Predisposing factors:

  • Older cows (>6 years of age)
  • Grazing on lush, rapidly growing pastures high in nitrogen and/or potassium
  • Grazing on grass-dominant pastures or young cereal forage
  • Acidic soils

Diagnosis:

  • Diagnosis is typically based on history, clinical signs and response to treatment.

Treatment:

  • A prompt treatment of a magnesium and calcium solution (Flopak Plus 4 in 1) administered by subcutaneous injection into the lower neck or over the ribs at several injection sites (or by slow intravenous injection under veterinary supervision) will be most effective.
  • A veterinarian may follow up with a magnesium sulphate treatment.
  • A magnesium feed supplement should be fed daily to support recovery and prevent potential relapses.

Prevention:

  • Supplement cows or ewes with magnesium during periods of greatest risk with either magnesium oxide-treated hay, loose licks or medicated water treatments.
  • It is also important to coordinate the time of calving or lambing with low-risk pastures and minimise handling during late pregnancy.
  • Long-term prevention involves reducing high potassium levels and soil acidification to manage the predisposing factors of grass tetany better.

Flopak Plus (4 In 1) Pack Size: 500mL Sterile Pack

Registrant: Elanco Australasia Pty Ltd (APVMA #: 47310)

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Features & Benefits

  • A 4-in-1 solution containing calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and glucose.
  • For use on cattle and sheep.
  • A Ready to use bag, sterile needle and delivery tube are included.
  • Subcutaneous Injection.
  • Provides a rapid glucose energy source and restores phosphorus and magnesium levels for treatment of associated metabolic conditions.
  • For use in both cattle and sheep.
  • Ideal for use on ‘downer’ cows.
  • New, improved packaging, pre-attached delivery tube, and separate sterile needle.

Directions Of Use

Dosage (by subcutaneous injection)

  • Cattle Small Cows: 500mL
  • Heavier Cows:  500mL-1000mL
  • Sheep Small Breeds 40-70kg: 60-100mL
  • Heavier Breeds 70-100kg: 100-150mL

  • Use the contents within 24 hours of the first broaching of the pack. 
  • Discard the unused portion.

Rates are a general guide only.  Before opening, carefully read Flopak Plus (4 In 1) directions for use, precautionary and protection statements, storage and disposal, safety directions and first aid instructions.  The product is designed for the particular purpose indicated on the label. Failure to use the product strictly as directed may be illegal, dangerous and render the product ineffective.

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Tips For Use

Clinical signs of Milk Fever in Cattle;

  • Mild excitement and staggering gait.
  • Muscle tremors (affecting head and limbs).
  • Lying down, often with head and neck kinked back.
  • Depression with cold limbs and staring eyes.
  • Lying flat, severely bloated and eventually dead.

Clinical signs of Grass Tetenay in Cattle;

  • Twitching of face and ears and a stiff gait.
  • Staggering and apparent blindness. 
  • Lying down, outstretched and paddling legs.
  • Convulsions and frothing at the mouth.
  • Death, sometimes within minutes of clinical signs.

Clinical signs of Milk Fever in Sheep:

  • Stilted, staggering gait.
  • Muscle tremors (especially shoulders).
  • Weak and struggling when approached.
  • Lying on brisket with head stretched out.
  • Drowsiness, depression and eventually death.

Clinical signs of Grass Tetenay in Sheep;

  • Trembling of facial muscles.
  • Restlessness and staggering gait.
  • Unable to move and collapses.
  • Legs stretched out and spasms.
  • Eventually death.

General Directions: 

  • Sterile Non-Pyrogenic Injection Fluid
  • Ready to use bag. 
  • Sterile needle and delivery tube included.

Caution: 

  • Avoid carcass damage
  • If possible warm to body temperature before injection.
  • Maintain cleanliness at all times.
  • Remove the fluid bag from the over the pouch.
  • Snap off the tip of the needle connector at the end of the delivery tube, ensuring the solution can flow freely and connect to the sterile needle provided.
  • Disinfect the injection site and insert the needle.
  • Subcutaneous injection should be given under the skin of the neck or over the ribs. To assist the injection flow, gently squeeze the bag to inject the contents.
  • Large volumes should be distributed over more than one injection site. 
  • Repeat injection and seek veterinary advice if complete recovery does not occur within 3-4 hours.
  • Use of this product intravenously may be hazardous to the animal, and advice from a registered veterinarian should be sought.

Storage: 

  • Store below 25°C (Air conditioning). 
  • Protect from light.

First Aid:

  • If poisoning occurs, contact a doctor or the Poisons Information Centre. Phone Australia 131 126.
  • For further information, refer to the Safety Data Sheet (SDS).

​This information and product advice is not intended as advice or recommendations for any specific use or circumstance.  You should seek specialist advice before using any product. Always follow the manufacturer’s guidelines. Specialist Sales liability is limited.​

Withholding Period

Withholding Period Details (WHP):

  • Meat: Zero (0) days
  • Milk: Zero (0) days 
  • Trade Advice Export Slaughter Interval (ESI): Zero (0) days

SDS & Technical

Flopak Plus (4 In 1) Label (APVMA) Download Pdf
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