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Treatment of Septic Arthritis in the Coffin Joint of Cattle

Who Qualifies?

Cattle > 4 months of age in otherwise good health, with a single septic coffin (distal interphalangeal) joint.

Purpose of the Study

The aim of this study is to evaluate a minimally invasive and cost effective treatment modality for septic arthritis of the coffin joint in cattle. This procedure can be performed quickly and on an outpatient basis, and the goal is to allow the animal to keep the digit and ultimately return to soundness.

What is Required?

  • Diagnosis of a single septic coffin joint at the James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital
  • X-rays before the treatment procedure and again three months later
  • Post-treatment follow-up telephone questionnaire


The cost of the diagnostics and treatment for cases that qualify for study enrollment are covered by a grant. The only costs for study participants will be two weeks worth of antimicrobial treatment at home, and transport to and from the hospital for the initial visit and the follow-up visit 12 weeks later.

To Enroll

Interested participants can learn more by contacting Dr. Katie Simpson, Dr. Rob Callan, or Dr. Tim Holt, or by calling (970) 297-5000.

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