Clinical diagnosis of foot and leg lameness in cattle

Vet Clin North Am Food Anim Pract. 2012 Nov;28(3):535-56. doi: 10.1016/j.cvfa.2012.07.003.


The causes of lameness in cattle are multifactorial and involve a combination of housing, management, and environmental factors and a variety of infectious agents. Arriving at a cause can often require concerted efforts. Diagnosis of lameness is often based mainly on clinical observations. A detailed record of those observations with time and among several animals within a herd can provide valuable information toward solving lameness problems. Advances in computer hardware and software help facilitate more detailed data collection and analysis.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cattle
  • Cattle Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Foot Diseases / diagnosis
  • Foot Diseases / veterinary*
  • Gait
  • Hoof and Claw* / pathology
  • Intermittent Claudication / diagnosis
  • Intermittent Claudication / veterinary
  • Lameness, Animal / diagnosis*