red foot disease

red foot disease

lethal defect, similar to epidermolysis bullosa; seen in Scottish blackface and Welsh mountain sheep. Characterized by sloughing of hooves, limb and ear skin, conjunctiva, oral mucosa skin in lambs at 2 to 4 days of age, affects limbs, ears, tongue dorsum and conjunctiva. Separation of hoof horn exposing sensitive laminae is basis for name. Probably inherited.