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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2012

The effect of an acidified, ionized copper sulphate solution on digital dermatitis in dairy cows

Holzhauer, Menno; Bartels, Chris J.; Bergsten, Christer; van Riet, Miriam M.J.; Frankena, Klaas; Lam, T.J.G.M.


At the start of the study 21/110 cows had ulcerative DD lesions with 10 on the left hind foot, 8 on the right and 3 on both. These lesions, as well as any new lesions which arose during the study, were treated with chlortetracycline spray. During the study 440 observations were made and seven new DD lesions were recorded on left feet (copper treated) and 20 on right feet (formalin treated). Based on survival analysis, the risk of developing a new ulcerative DD lesion on copper-treated (left hind) feet was almost three times less (RR = 0.37, 95% CI 0.16-0.91) than formalin-treated (right hind) feet. Cure rates of DD lesions were not different between copper and formalin. (C) 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.


Digital dermatitis; Footbath; Cattle; Formalin; Copper

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Veterinary Journal
2012, Volume: 193, number: 3, pages: 659-663

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