Effect of biotin supplementation on hoof health and ceramide composition in dairy cattle

Vet Res Commun. 2008 Dec;32(8):599-608. doi: 10.1007/s11259-008-9060-z. Epub 2008 May 29.


The effect of biotin supplementation on various foot lesions and hoof ceramide composition of toe (wall) and sole portions of hooves was studied in crossbred dairy cattle. Biotin supplementation was done for five months in 14 cattle at a farm and the other 14 animals kept as control. A significant decline was observed in heel erosions and sole avulsions along with total disappearance of white line fissures and double soles in the biotin supplemented cattle resulting in decrease in the overall disease score. Thin layer chromatographs of the hoof lipids revealed 11 types of ceramides in sole lipids and 6 types of ceramides in toe (wall) lipids. The ceramides were typed and identified according to their Rf values. A qualitative increase in the density of thin layer chromatographs of sole lipids was observed in biotin supplemented cattle whereas a non-significant difference in density of thin layer chromatographs of toe lipids was observed after supplementation of biotin.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Biotin / administration & dosage*
  • Cattle
  • Cattle Diseases / metabolism
  • Cattle Diseases / pathology
  • Cattle Diseases / prevention & control*
  • Ceramides / metabolism*
  • Dietary Supplements
  • Female
  • Foot Diseases / metabolism
  • Foot Diseases / pathology
  • Foot Diseases / prevention & control
  • Foot Diseases / veterinary*
  • Hoof and Claw / drug effects*
  • Hoof and Claw / metabolism
  • Lameness, Animal / metabolism
  • Lameness, Animal / pathology
  • Lameness, Animal / prevention & control
  • Vitamin B Complex / administration & dosage*


  • Ceramides
  • Vitamin B Complex
  • Biotin