Story: Diseases of sheep, cattle and deer

Foot abscess in a sheep

Foot abscess in a sheep

Foot abscess is a painful infection of the hoof that becomes noticeable when the sheep becomes lame and holds its foot off the ground. Infection starts inside the hoof and progresses upward, eventually resulting in some deformity. This X-ray shows a sheep's infected foot.

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Reference: D. M. West, A. N. Bruere and A. L. Ridler, The sheep: health, disease & production. Palmerston North: Veterinary Continuing Education, Massey University, 2002, p. 2

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Gary Clark, Neville Grace and Ken Drew, 'Diseases of sheep, cattle and deer - Sheep footrot and poisonous plants', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/17429/foot-abscess-in-a-sheep (accessed 7 August 2020)

Story by Gary Clark, Neville Grace and Ken Drew, published 24 Nov 2008