While deep digital sepsis is the most common indication for hoof amputation, cases of severe injury to the hoof, causing intense pain, is also a common reason to remove the affected claw, according to Cavan-based vet, Gerard McGovern.
The vet posted further details about a case, which he was presented with recently, on his Instagram account.
"In this case, the cow had a laceration to the axial (medial) wall of her medial claw (photo 2) causing such pain that she was reluctant to stand, even with pain- relief and after, a shoe was applied to the sound claw," McGovern explained.
"Amputation was carried out under xylazine sedation and intravenous regional limb anaesthesia," he added.
In response to a question about the procedure, the vet explained: "Normally, they cope really well & are usually walking sound in 2-3 weeks."
McGovern shares the “adventures of a large animal vet” on his Instagram which has in excess of 29,000 followers.
He graduated from University College Dublin (UCD) in 1977 with a degree in Veterinary Medicine.
Gerard runs a mixed practice – approximately 75% large animal and 25% small animal; his father, Gregory, started the practice in 1949.
Image source: Gerard McGovern \ Instagram