× Attention! This is a potentially life-threatening condition for your Cow. Time is of the essence, contact your veterinarian immediately. Sole Ulcer
Sole ulcer is a significant foot disease seen often in dairy cattle that are living in overcrowded, unsanitary conditions. It is associated with prior onset of subclinical laminitis in cattle.
Soft, slight discoloration on hoof sole Circular lesions on the sole/bulb junction of the hoof One or both lateral hind claws may be affected Pain with palpation of lesion Shifting weight from limb to limb
History Clinical signs Physical exam Laboratory tests
Removal of sole pressure to affected area: An experienced claw trimmer should be hired to accomplish this. It often involves adding a lift in the form of a wooden or rubber device that can be nailed or glued to healthy parts of the hoof.
Often sole ulcers will never fully resolve and cows persist with chronic, low-grade lameness