Finding and treating lame cows


  • Gerard Cramer University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN 55108


There are various opportunities for veterinarians to become involved in providing foot health services. The type of services that could be offered include lame cow detection and treatment, comprehensive hoof trimming, monitoring or training of farm staff, and routine monitoring of hoof health data. To take advantage of this potential practice growth opportunity, practitioners need to have a clear understanding of the diagnosis and treatment of common foot disorders. Due to the chronic nature of most foot lesions, early diagnosis of lameness is paramount. Treatment of digital dermatitis and foot rot requires the use of appropriate antibiotics. Treatment of sole ulcers and white line lesions require the removal of loose horn, application of a hoof block, and an appropriate resting space. The use of anti-inflammatory and pain relieving drugs should be considered for sole ulcers and white line lesions, especially when they are not chronic in nature.






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