Hoof diseases in cattle can cause significant discomfort, lameness, and reduced productivity for affected animals. As a professional dairy hoof trimmer, I would like to share the basics of common hoof diseases, their causes, and how to prevent and treat them effectively.
There are two main categories of bovine hoof diseases: Infectious and non-infectious diseases. Below you’ll find the overviews of the different hoof ailments in your herd.
Digital Dermatitis or Warts
Interdigital Dermatitis or Heel Erosion
Horn Diseases – Laminitis, Sole Ulcers
Corn or Tyloma
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In my article Lameness Control Strategies: Prevention vs Treatment, I explain how to treat and prevent dairy hoof diseases.
Two things to keep in mind while learning about hoof health and hoof diseases in a cow:
- If you doubt your diagnosis, please reach out to your local veterinarian or professional hoof trimmer for advice on lameness cases.
- Be on the alert for the quick ‘golden bullet’ products that are offered to you. Some products are spam and not registered for use by local authorities. Make sure that residues will not end up in meat or milk. Use a careful and professional approach to hoof care products.
In my article 4 Things to Look For on Foot Bath Product Labels you will learn more about the ins and outs of hoof care products.