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Intracare BV produces the first Canadian non-antibiotic medication for hoof care

Published on 29 February 2016

Dairy farms in Canada have been struggling to control lameness – a major cause of economic losses and decreased animal welfare in herds.

Digital dermatitis (also called hairy heel warts, fungus, strawberry and Mortellaro disease) is a chronic infection of the digital skin in cattle. Until today, no medication has officially been registered in Canada for the treatment of digital dermatitis; instead, antibiotics are often used at random. However, this latter practice leads to the development of antibiotic-resistant pathogens in animals and possibly in humans.

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“I think that almost everyone knows about the dairy lameness challenges with digital dermatitis,” said Koos Vis, owner of Diamond Hoof Care Ltd., the importer for Intracare products into Canada. “The Hoof-fit Gel produces results that will assist producers in controlling their lameness problems – without the use of antibiotics.”

The registration of the gel in Canada was established by the following Health Canada protocol: A total of 50 active digital dermatitis lesions on animals at three Canadian dairy farms were treated with the product or left untreated. After seven days, all lesions from the gel-treated group were cured, while the untreated lesions were still active.

“This all-or-nothing effect clearly demonstrates the efficacy of Intra Hoof-fit Gel as a powerful treatment for digital dermatitis in cattle,” continued Vis.

It is a product of the Dutch company Intracare. It's a non-antibiotic gel containing chelated copper and zinc. An extensive clinical trial conducted in the Netherlands, under the supervision of the Dutch Animal Health Service, demonstrated that the product is 1.58 times more effective than a commonly used antibiotic treatment. The gel is already registered in multiple countries in the European Union.

It is now available in Canada as an ‘over-the-counter’ veterinary medicine and can be obtained from your veterinarian or local dealer.

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Further information is available at Diamond Hoof Care Ltd.  PD

From Diamond Hoof Care Ltd. news release

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