Stable feet before a night out: Bovine arthrodesis
Keywords:bovine, lameness, arthrodesis, hoof, joint
Lameness in cattle is one of the top causes of lost production in the United States. It affects milk production, feed and water intake, reproduction, daily gain, and animal wellbeing. While there is increasing information available in the literature describing lameness in dairy cattle, comparatively very little is published on lameness in beef cattle. One of the most potentially debilitating causes of lameness is a septic distal interphalangeal joint. When this occurs, an arthrodesis is a useful procedure to maintain the welfare and production of the bovine.