lameness, toe abscess, infection
Toe abscesses were diagnosed in five Midwestern feedlot lameness outbreaks submitted to the Animal Disease Research and Diagnostic Laboratory during the 1992-93 winter. Affected cattle developed severe lameness from 3 days to 3 weeks after feedlot arrival. Close examination of feet revealed abnormal hoof wear, separation of the hoof wall from the sole, and drainage and swelling of affected feet. Treatment of the problem included corrective foot trimming to allow drainage and antibiotic therapy. Causes of the problem included abrasive and traumatic injuries which allowed bacteria to infect the foot. Hooves were softer and more prone to damage because of unusually wet weather conditions the previous summer and fall. Prevention tips include bedding rough surfaces and preventing traumatic foot injuries.
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Miskimins, Dale W., "Bovine Toe Abscesses" (1993). South Dakota Beef Report, 1993. 17.