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I WRITE in response to the letter by Millar and colleagues describing their investigations into ‘Embolic pneumonia in adult dairy cattle associated with udder cleft dermatitis’ (VR, February 25, 2017, vol 180, pp 205-206).
Their work associating life-threatening pneumonia in dairy cows with udder cleft dermatitis (UCD) is important. I, for one, will have diagnosed (and missed diagnosing) cows with chronic lung and/or liver abscesses, which in retrospect could have been consequent upon UCD, without examining for or considering the consequence of those lesions.
This begs the question. How many cows' lives could be extended, and how many treatment …