The latest on lameness treatments for practicing veterinarians
Keywords:lameness, hoof lesions, treatment
As a recent graduate, treating lame cows can be a practice growth opportunity that allows you to show your clinical acumen and be a gateway to providing more consultative services as part of a foot health team. To seize this practice growth opportunity, practitioners need to have a clear understanding of the diagnosis and treatment of common foot disorders. Current treatment strategies are not overly complex, however, the majority lack large-scale scientific evidence leading to a variety of opinions and approaches among stakeholders. There are some key principles that should be considered when treating lame cows to reduce pain as soon as possible and to prevent chronicity. These key principles include early and appropriate intervention and appropriate aftercare. Practitioners who seize this opportunity will become a valuable part of a farm’s team and greatly improve the welfare of cattle.