Practical guides, tools and factsheetsVolume Number December 18, 2019

ABC’s of footbathing!

L’ABC du bain de pieds !

Footbathing is an effective practice to maintain good healthy hooves in your herd. To find your way around the many recipes and instructions, there's nothing better than a good factsheet prepared by Canadian experts! With simplicity, this sheet brings together the main principles regarding construction, footbath management, recommended products, and even a formula to correctly calculate the concentration and the quantity of the product.

It goes without saying that for your particular situation, you should consult your foot health advisor and/or veterinarian for the product to be used and the number of times a week you need to practice footbathing. There is no miracle recipe other than to include this practice in your routine! A well-designed and well-situated location in your barn is a big step towards the adoption of this practice and your success in the fight against digital dermatitis.

Tip: Think about printing and plasticizing this sheet for the attention of the people who care about foot health in your farm. Having it under your nose as a checklist can be useful!


The authors: Dr. André Desrochers, DMV, Faculté de médecine vétérinaire, Université de Montréal; Steve Adam, agr., Dairy production expert, comfort and welfare, Lactanet; Anne-Marie Christen, M. Sc., Project manager, Lactanet; Dr. André Clavet, DMV, LocoVet Service; Dr. Karin Orsel, DMV, professor, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Calgary; Dr. Marie-Ève Paradis, DMV, advisory veterinarian, AMVPQ; and Dr. Laura Solano, DMV, Farm Animal Care Consultant & Adjunct assistant professor, University of Calgary.

Thank you to Dairy Farmers of Canada for the graphic design and the dissemination.