UT veterinarians give Oscar the bull a special pedicure

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) – Oscar the bull received special foot care from University of Tennessee veterinarians.

“Hoof material of a cow is like our fingernail. It is constantly growing,” said Dr. Joe Smith, who specializes in working with large animals at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine.

So Smith and his team are not surprised that East Tennessee farmers bring in cattle with overgrown hooves like the ones slowing down Oscar. The registered Hereford is around five years old and the feet on this otherwise vibrant herd bull have been slowing him down lately.

Oscar arrived on the UT Ag Campus to be received by a team ready to wash his feet, examine him, give him a mild sedative and pamper him back to foot wellness.

“We just did a physical exam to make sure he’s healthy enough to go up on the tilt table,” explained Dr. Smith after a veterinarian had checked Oscar’s heart and lungs. The table is created to lift all of Oscar’s nearly one ton of weight and place him at an angle that is safe for him while allowing easy access to his feet.

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