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.
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.