Had our heifers' hooves trimmed this weekend. Is it normal for them to be sore afterward? One heifer is walking kind of fuuny like she isn't sure of her feet - she is just a year old and her toes were kind of long so I assume that is her issue. The other (A swiss) is nore noticable - has some definite issue in her left front leg. The started a few hours after they were done. They both are eating and up walking although I find the swiss seems to walk alot slower and laying down more. She will put pressure on the foot and stands on it. No heat or swelling and I tried to look at the bottom of the hooves for any issues. Trimmer didn't see any problems. They were trimmed about 9 months ago nd showed no issues - The trimmer does show cows which these are and it seems like he took alot more off and shaped the foot better than the previous trimmer. She did take a leap out of the trailer when we unloaded her - possible the trim and this is the cause? I started her on asprin with her feed last night and hoping to start to see some improvement. Any other suggestions?
Last Edit: Feb 10, 2014 17:11:43 GMT -5 by barnydhppy
and as a side note - when I said show cows - I should say they are my kids 4-H projects/fair animals and family pets. So they are always handled and checked over and up to this point have not had any lameness issues.
Thanks - I have made the kids make sure their pens are raked and big chunks removed (it is sand/ dirt over a rock base but these girls like to wallow it seems) and the pasture is soft becuase of all the rain we have had here in Central FL. I was hoping all that is all that is was.
Post by richard olson on Sept 11, 2012 16:54:17 GMT -5
i agree with shorthorn.a little spritz of coppertox[evergreen?] on the bottoms of the hooves may help,if severe limping gets worse it's very possible the soul of the claw was cut to close and may need a closer look and medicated.if possible keep them on soft bedding for a week or two. richard, ps. no they should not be soar after trimming.
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