Foot abscess is a painful infection of the hoof that becomes noticeable when the sheep becomes lame and holds its foot off the ground. Infection starts inside the hoof and progresses upward, eventually resulting in some deformity. This X-ray shows a sheep's infected foot.
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Reference: D. M. West, A. N. Bruere and A. L. Ridler, The sheep: health, disease & production. Palmerston North: Veterinary Continuing Education, Massey University, 2002, p. 2
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