Hoof rot...

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Hoof rot...

Postby Dogs and Cows » Fri May 26, 2017 10:25 am

I have a cow that was perfectly normal yesterday but showing signs of hoof pain this morning. She is definitely limping and not keeping up with the herd. How fast does hoof rot show itself? Overnight? I guess it could also be she twisted it or got stepped on or something. I will observe her for a couple days and see what happens. I noticed no swelling or anything abnormal. Thanks all!

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Re: Hoof rot...

Postby Bigfoot » Fri May 26, 2017 10:36 am

I'd suspicion a sprain, or perhaps more likely an abcess.
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Re: Hoof rot...

Postby midTN_Brangusman » Fri May 26, 2017 11:01 am

Get her up and have a look if you can. Had one do this couple weeks ago, just had a stick wedge between her toes, couldn't see it until you lifted her foot up. Hope its nothing serious.
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Re: Hoof rot...

Postby Dogs and Cows » Fri May 26, 2017 12:33 pm

Thanks guys!
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Re: Hoof rot...

Postby TCRanch » Sat May 27, 2017 6:21 am

The only way to really know what's going on is to get her in the chute but depending how docile she is, can you pull obvious debris (grass, twigs) from between her toes (I use needle nose pliers) & take a whiff? There's no mistaking the smell of foot rot!
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Re: Hoof rot...

Postby Rafter S » Sat May 27, 2017 8:28 am

When one starts limping I pretty much always do what you said in your first post. Wait a few days to see if it gets better on its own.
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Re: Hoof rot...

Postby MRRherefords » Wed May 31, 2017 1:30 pm

I had a cow limping around a few weeks ago and left her alone for a bit and she healed up fine. I would also make sure that it is not a crack, I have had a few that limp and when I check closer they have a small crack, that is just big enough to irritated them.
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