CODD stands for contagious ovine digital dermatitis
- Small, ulcerated areas at the top of the hoof horn that lead to separation of horn down the hoof towards the toe
- In severe cases the hoof horn falls off
- The lesion is much bloodier than footrot, but often has a similar odour
In the first year of a CODD outbreak up to 50% of a flock can be affected; this includes both adults and lambs.
- Do not trim – trimming will delay healing
- Treat all cases with long-acting antibiotic injection and antibiotic spray to all four feet
- Separate lame sheep
- Record all sheep that you treat and mark the lame limb with durable spray; cull ewes that require 2 or more treatments in a season
- CODD is very painful, you may therefore consider giving pain relief medication
- CODD can be persistent and may sometimes require two doses of antibiotics
CODD can be difficult to get on top of when it first enters a flock, therefore it is worth consulting your vet for advice.
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