Guidelines for foot wart treatment

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Foot warts cost you money.

When you add up the value of lost milk production, subsequent poor reproductive performance and the cost of treatment, a 1993 British research study shows each case carries a price tag of about $130. In addition, a 1996 survey conducted by the National Animal Health Monitoring System estimated the annual prevalence of foot warts at about 12 percent of all cows in the U.S.

With such a high price tag, John Kikta, a graduate student in the Department of Dairy and Animal Science at Penn State University, reminds producers to keep these key considerations in mind when treating foot warts.
1. Rinse hooves to free them of dirt and manure build-up prior to topical treatment. This will ensure that the treatment is applied to clean, exposed lesions.
2. Review occupational safety and environmental regulations for your area before using formaldehyde.
3. Consult with your veterinarian before using antibiotic solutions in foot baths or sprays, as these treatments are extra-label uses and require a veterinarian’s prescription.
4. Invest in restraint equipment to make it easier to inspect and treat cows’ feet.

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