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Dairy Cow Health And Welfare
Non-healing hoof lesions in dairy cows
  1. Arturo Gomez1,
  2. Dörte Döpfer1,
  3. Nigel B. Cook1,
  4. Karl Burgi2 and
  5. Mike Socha3
  1. Food Animal Production Medicine, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Wisconsin, 2015 Linden Drive, Madison, WI 53706-1102, USA
  2. Dairyland Hoof Care Institute, E12678A Man Mound Road, Baraboo, WI 53913-9636, USA
  3. Zinpro Corporation, 10400 Viking Drive, Suite 240, Eden Prairie, MN 55344, USA

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IN response to the letters from Roger Blowey (VR, November 12, 2011, vol 169, p 534) and Owen Atkinson (VR, November 19, 2011, vol 169, pp 561–562) on non-healing hoof lesions in dairy cows, we are curious to know how many of these cases involve digital dermatitis (DD) lesions on the corium and how the authors showed that the lesions were DD lesions. We have observed cases of hoof lesions that were either slow to heal or did not heal where treponemes had infected the corium of the affected claw. In 2008, at the 15th Symposium and 7th Conference on Lameness in …

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