Foot diseases in animals after a flood

Wetting of the feet of livestock for extended periods or injury to the foot can allow the entry of bacteria and foreign matter. The bacteria can invade the foot, and cause infection and development of foot abscess and foot rot.

While it may be difficult to prevent your livestock from being exposed to extended wet weather, there are steps that you can take to minimise risk. It is also essential that you identify and treat foot problems immediately. 

This guide discusses some of the major foot diseases affecting horses, cattle and sheep due to floods, and what you can do to minimise risks to your animals and business.