Our expert says:
Foot abscess is a serious disease of sheep. Its effect on welfare and productivity can equal virulent footrot in severity. Foot abscess is more common in good seasons, in higher rainfall areas when conditions are also favourable for the development of footrot. Moving sheep to drier paddocks is important; avoid using muddy yards and laneways as this will make the disease worse. Controlling superficial skin bacterial loads can be achieved with foot bathing sheep in 10% zinc sulphate as they leave the muddy yards.
Another option would be to flush with diluted Dettol/Savlon, usually diluted with 4 parts water. Lastly, we need to consider the rare potential of a toe abscess, in which case you may need to do some additional hoof paring. Good luck!
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