Footrot

Footrot has two stages: interdigital dermatitis (also known as scald or strip) and severe footrot.

The information and videos below will tell you more about how to diagnose and treat these two stages.

Diagnosis

Scald: 

Severe footrot: 

Treatment

Scald

  • Treat adults with a long-acting antibiotic injection and antibiotic spray on all four feet; ensure you give the correct dose of antibiotic for the weight of the sheep.
  • Treat lambs with antibiotic spray on all four feet. Where levels of scald are high (e.g. in spring) footbath the whole group.
  • Do not trim horn – trimming delays healing.

Severe footrot

  • Treat all cases with long-acting antibiotic injection and antibiotic spray on all four feet; ensure you give the correct dose of antibiotic for the weight of the sheep.
  • Do not trim horn

See the six steps to sound sheep for a simple guide to treating lameness in your flock

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