Footpad dermatitis in poultry: a common issue in commercial and backyard flocks
Dr. Leonie Jacobs, Virginia Tech. Reviewers: Dr. Prafulla Regmi, North Carolina State University; Dr. Marisa Erasmus, Purdue University; Dr. Shawna Weimer, University of Maryland.
Footpad dermatitis is a common type of contact dermatitis in poultry, which means feet are inflamed and show associated corrosive lesions or ulcers on pads and/or toes. Footpad dermatitis lesions often have a black appearance, because of cell necrosis (cell death). These lesions can be superficial or deep.These lesions are an animal welfare problem because they are painful depending on the severit...