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Aetiopathogenesis of sandcrack in cattle and its treatment

Authors

  • Richard D Murray BVM&S DVM&S DBR DECAR DECBHM FHEA MRCVS,

    1. University of Liverpool Institute of Translational Medicine and School of Veterinary Science, Leahurst Campus, Chester High Road, Neston CH64 7TE
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  • Helen J Williams BVSc CertCHP DECBHM MRCVS,

    1. University of Liverpool School of Veterinary Science, Leahurst Campus, Chester High Road, Neston. CH64 7TE
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  • David A Bardell BVSc CertVA MRCVS

    1. University of Liverpool School of Veterinary Science, Leahurst Campus, Chester High Road, Neston. CH64 7TE
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Abstract

Sandcrack is the most acutely painful claw horn defect that affects dairy and beef cattle. It is the most common lesion associated with cattle lameness that is referred by practising veterinary surgeons to the University of Liverpool's Farm Animal Hospital. The key to its successful treatment is excellent restraint and analgesia that enables precise surgical removal of all under-run and abnormal growing horn from surrounding necrotic laminae and corium.

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