Interdigital Dermatitis: Infectious

Heel Erosion or Stable Foot Rot

Interdigital Dermatitis is like a wet eczema and has a characteristic bad odour. Infections in the interdigital skin (particularly the bulb area) cause extra blood circulation in the bulb area, which in turn triggers extra horn formation. The extra horn formation leads to V-shaped splits in the bulb area. This disorder is seen most frequently when the animals are housed inside and exposed to wet conditions.

Causes

A chronic bacterial infection caused by Dichelobacter nodosus, formerly known as Bacteroides nodosus.

Prevention

  • Avoid overcrowding of facilities.
  • Ensure dry bedding and proper ventilation to achieve a fresh barn climate.
  • Maintain clean alleys to keep feet clean & dry. The use of alley scrapers is recommended.
  • Be sure to have a foot bath and/or hoof spray program in place.

Management

  • Have all cows regularly trimmed (2-3 times a year).
  • On trimming day: remove excess horn and ridges in the heel area.
    Click Here for How to Trim in 5 Steps.
  • Trim hooves to remove excess horn and ridges.
  • Whole herd spraying sessions or intensive foot bath protocols are recommended.
  • Contact us to discuss a spraying protocol and foot bath schedule that fits your herd’s requirements.

For further instructions on preventative applications, visit the Hoof Sol Bath and Hoof Sol Liquid products.

Also check out our Intracare products for optimum hoof care!

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