ABC’s of footbathing!
Footbathing is an effective practice to maintain good healthy hooves in your herd. To find your way around the many recipes and instructions, there’s nothing better than a good factsheet prepared by Canadian experts!
With simplicity, this sheet brings together the main principles regarding construction, footbath management, recommended products, and even a formula to correctly calculate the concentration and the quantity of the product.
It goes without saying that for your particular situation, you should consult your foot health advisor and/or veterinarian for the product to be used and the number of times a week you need to practice footbathing. There is no miracle recipe other than to include this practice in your routine! A well-designed and well-situated location in your barn is a big step towards the adoption of this practice and your success in the fight against digital dermatitis.
Tip: Think about printing and plasticizing this sheet for the attention of the people who care about foot health in your farm. Having it under your nose as a checklist can be useful!
Lactanet, Université de Montréal, University of Calgary and Association des Médecins Vétérinaires Praticiens du Québec