Heel erosion

Veterinary advice should be sought before applying any treatment or vaccine.

Heel Erosion

Slurry Heel

Heel erosion is the irregular loss of bulbar horn in the cattle's feet. It causes the development of multiple blackish pit or pock-like depressions or later deeper oblique grooves. The hind feet are usually more severely affected than the front.


Deep chronic cleft formation
Slight or mild lameness


  • History
  • Clinical signs
  • Physical exam
  • Laboratory tests


Treatment TypeDetailsReference
Paring away diseased portion of the foot, and under-run horn
Spray topical oxytetracycline gentian violet aerosol
Relocate to dry, sanitary living conditions


  • Maintain a sanitary, dry, clean environment

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Risk Factors

  • Exposure to wet, moist environment
  • Unsanitary living conditions



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