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Assessment of lameness in cattle after foot surgery

L. L. Buisman, M. Alsaaod, E. Bucher and others

PLoS ONE (2018) 13

doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0209783

• What did the research find?

Cattle with deep digital sepsis were found to be more severely lame during the recovery period after foot surgery, compared with cattle with more superficial foot pathologies. A significantly lower degree of lameness was observed after surgical debridement than after more invasive surgical procedures. Cattle that had undergone digit amputation showed a lower degree of lameness than those that had undergone partial or total resection.

• How was it conducted?

Cattle with unilateral foot pathologies located in the digital region that needed either one (n= 30) or two (n= 4) surgical interventions were included in the study. The surgical techniques used were debridement, joint lavage, partial resection of bones, tendons or synovial structures, total resection of the sesamoid bone and digit amputation. Two accelerometers, a four-scale weighing platform and a subjective locomotion score were used to evaluate gait …

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