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Cattle Welfare
Changing indications for digit amputation in cattle
  1. Roger Blowey
  1. Wood Veterinary Group, 125 Bristol Road, Gloucester GL2 4NB
  1. e-mail: rogerblowey{at}

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BOVINE digit amputation is a well-established technique for chronic incurable lesions and results in an acceptably high success rate. Traditionally, the indications for amputation were primarily deep digital sepsis. For example, Weaver (1986) lists the indications for amputation as septic pedal arthritis, septic tenosynovitis, osteomyelitis of the pedal or navicular bones, and sepsis of the coronary band, and states that frequently several of the above indications are present.

As part of a different study, I have recorded the reasons for digits that I have amputated over the past few months. Of the 15 cases of amputation, two were the …

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