Diagnosing And Treating Foot Rot In Cattle

Most of Oklahoma has seen much more rain in 2018 than in recent years. This is both good and bad news for the state’s agricultural industry. Obviously, it’s a boon for state farmers. But ranchers might see things a little differently.

Increased rain can cause lameness in cattle. The most common cause of lameness in beef cattle after rains is foot rot, a serious infection that starts between the toes of cattle that can spread and cause swelling, severe lameness and even kill the tissue between the toes. To successfully treat foot rot requires a proper diagnosis and timely treatment with appropriate medications.

The symptoms of foot rot that differentiate it from more severe joint infections include roughly equal swelling of both toes that frequently extends up to the fetlock, with the swelling often great enough to cause separation of the toes. This will be visible on the affected foot as seen from its front.



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