Bovine lameness represents a major health problem for the dairy industry. In problem herds where incidence is high lameness accounts for tremendous economic loss. Claw disorders associated with chronic subclinical laminitis are primary causes of lameness in most herds. These are complicated by heat stress, housing and other management considerations which are significant contributors to lameness in dairy cattle. Infectious skin disorders of the foot include footrot, interdigital dermatitis, and digital dermatitis. These conditions are responsive to systemic or topical antibiotic therapy. Regardless of cause, early detection and prompt treatment minimizes losses, improves outcome, and reduces animal suffering. Neglect not only increases losses but raises important animal welfare concerns.
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