I have a doe that has a crack in the hoof wall on her front foot. Everyone is on ice/snow at this time. I trimmed her a little and can tell there is debris between the hoof and hoof wall. What can I/should I do for her? I could tell it was tender because she didn't want to stand on it on the stand while the other foot was being trimmed.
Thank you for any help,
Carol Stafford Checotah,OK
You're going to need to get that hole cleaned out.
Any way you can get a picture of it? It's hard to say what to do without seeing the problem.
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Please post a close-up picture of the hoof in the natural light. Do you have a dremmel? You will need a dremmel or a rasp for this. Use the dremmel or the rasp from the TOP of the hoof. Rasp with downward strokes until you get all the crack gone. Don't worry about getting the debris out, it will come out when you trim and you will leave no where for it to get back in. If you try to do this from the bottom of the hoof with nippers you will have a sore footed goat.
You are basically taking off all of the cracked hoof wall. Make sure the walls are trimmed level with the bottom of the hoof and trim any and all hoof wall that flares out from the crack. You want a clean and smooth surface. With the hoof wall trimmed down smooth the new wall will grow in tightly connected.
You will have to make sure you keep this doe trimmed every 4 weeks and don't let her get overgrown at all or she will re-crack. Make sure she is copper bolused and has a recent bo-se shot, but all the vitamins in the world will not prevent a hoof crack if the feet are allowed to overgrow.
Thank you. My cousin is a nail tech and raises Nubian. She suggested I clean it with a syringe and acetone then fill it with acrylic and file it smooth. What do you think? Would it work? It is cracked almost up to what I would call the coronary band. I will get pictures tomorrow if there is enough light as another storm is predicted for us. UGH!
Carol Stafford Checotah,OK
I have no idea if goats would be the same, but I would think at the very least somewhat similar -
If it was a horse, we'd soak the hoof (you could do something as simple as warm epsom salt water) (which will clean most of the debris out). Then either a good trim or if it is a more severe crack, apoxy on it and file it down flush like you mentioned. Then, make sure to keep it trimmed more often than normal while it is healing and growing out new hoof to keep it healthy.
Yea, she has some "white line disease" under the crack which is what caused the crack. I would give the hoof a normal trim and then re sect the wall where it's black underneath (do you have a hoof knife?). I have found my goats don't get this now that I've been copper bolusing for a while.
I also always cut the wall on an angle, not flat across.
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We're just east of OKC/Edmond about 15 min. Don't show goats, got them pretty much just for milk and enjoyment recently and they've done a good job of both. Besides, I'm not sure I'd have time to show goats if I wanted to with all the horse competitions we go to. Maybe when my son gets older if he wants, he can show them but not in my plans.
I think your plan for the hoof is good, again, I'm basing that off the theory that a goat hoof and horse hoof although different would at least respond to treatment for cracks the same. TSC sells the appoxy I believe. We literally had to reattach part of a horses hoof with it once and it worked great. Its also good for less sever cracks, breaks, etc. We've had good luck using it.