An antibiotic-free treatment for digital dermatitis is now available.

Intra Hoof-fit Gel is the world’s first antibiotic-free treatment for digital dermatitis. It was created by Dutch company Intracare and is distributed by its UK representative Quill Productions.

Official tests by the Dutch Animal Health Centre proved it is 1.57 times more effective at treating the disease than the antibiotic CTC spray.

While other treatments are available, the only alternatives are antibiotics that can only be obtained via prescription from a veterinary surgeon. Intra Hoof-fit Gel can easily be purchased and applied as necessary based solely on a farmer’s judgement. Additionally there is no required withdrawal time, so productivity need not be effected.

Graham Crocker, managing director of Quill Productions, says: “The registration of Intra Hoof-fit Gel comes at a time when many producers are being encouraged to limit the use of antibiotics wherever possible. Now there is an effective and affordable way of tackling hoof problems without the risk of antibiotic build-up.”

Intra Hoof-fit Gel is based on a combination of chelated minerals and aloe vera, making it kind on cow’s feet. Not only does it tackle the infection, but it also starts the healing process, in turn reducing the risk of problems reoccurring.

Intra Hoof-fit Gel retails at £19.44 excl VAT for one pot and a brush. One pot treats up to 50 hooves.

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