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15. Association of claw disorders with subclinical intramammary infections in Egyptian dairy cows
Walid Refaai, Medhat Gad and Yasser Mahmmod
Veterinary World, 10(3): 358-362

Walid Refaai: Department of Surgery, Anesthesiology, and Radiology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Zagazig University, 44511 Zagazig, Sharkia Province, Egypt.
Medhat Gad: Directorate of Veterinary Medicine, Sharkia Branch, Zagazig, Sharkia Province, Egypt.
Yasser Mahmmod: Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, DK-1870 Frederiksberg C, Denmark; Department of Animal Medicine, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Zagazig University, 44511 Zagazig, Sharkia Province, Egypt.

doi: 10.14202/vetworld.2017.358-362

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Article history: Received: 03-11-2016, Accepted: 14-02-2017, Published online: 28-03-2017

Corresponding author: Yasser Mahmmod


Citation: Refaai W, Gad M, Mahmmod Y (2017) Association of claw disorders with subclinical intramammary infections in Egyptian dairy cows, Veterinary World, 10(3): 358-362.

Aim: Bovine mastitis and lameness are the most common production diseases affecting dairy farms worldwide resulting in huge economic impact and impaired animal welfare. The objective of this field study was to investigate the association of infectious and non-infectious claw disorders with the occurrence of subclinical intramammary infections (IMIs) diagnosed by California mastitis test (CMT) in dairy cows under Egyptian conditions.

Materials and Methods: A total of 43 dairy cows were included in this field study. Subclinical IMI was diagnosed by CMT on all lactating quarters of cows. A cow was considered to have subclinical IMI if it had at least one subclinically infected quarter (=3). Cows were inspected carefully for claw disorders that recorded based on type and site. Locomotion and body condition scores were also recorded for each cow in addition to the limb affected. The association between the CMT and other explanatory variables was tested by Fisher's exact test.

Results: The prevalence of infectious and non-infectious claw disorders was 81.4% (35/43) and 32.6% (14/43), respectively. Digital dermatitis (DD) and heel horn erosion were the most prevalent infectious type with 79% (34/43) and 58% (25/43), respectively, while wall fissure was the most identified non-infectious one 11.6% (5/43). The prevalence of claw disorders in hind limbs was 88.4% (38/43) and 11.6% (5/43) in the forelimbs. Infectious claw disorders were significantly associated with the subclinical IMI diagnosed by CMT (p<0.05). Non-infectious claw affections, locomotion score, body condition score, and the affected limb had no association with the occurrence of subclinical IMI.

Conclusion: DD is the highest prevalent claw disorder observed in dairy cows in Egypt. The hind limbs are more susceptible to claw disorders than the forelimbs. Infectious type of claw disorders is significantly associated with subclinical IMI diagnosed by CMT in dairy cows under Egyptian conditions indicating that the infectious types of claw affections may influence the udder health.

Keywords: claw affections, dairy cows, digital dermatitis, subclinical mastitis.


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