Foot rot prevention and eradication (information)

Quarantining new additions can prevent footrot as it is contagious.

Hoof trimming enables air to reach the hoof, eliminating the bacteria (which is anaerobic). Trimming creates a flat surface, removing trapped mud and forces and reducing the possibility of foot scald and footrot infection.


Terramycin spray can be used as an attempt to treat footrot. Oxytetracycline is an antibiotic.

When a substantial number of animals in a herd are affected, the use of a footpath is a good treatment option. Animals must stand in a zinc or copper sulfate solution to allow absorption into the hoof wall. They are drying agents.

Vaccines against D. nodosus are available and provide protection against footrot for 4-6 months. However, they are expensive and 60-80% effective.

After animals have been treated they should be transported to a clean pasture and it is important to detect any re-infection early.

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