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Farm Animal Practice
Clinical management of traumatic reticuloperitonitis in cattle
  1. Peter Orpin

    Peter Orpin graduated from Bristol in 1983. He is a partner in a 23‐vet practice in Leicestershire where he is primarily involved in dairy work and management. He is also a veterinary business consultant for Anval, a tutor for the British Cattle Veterinary Association's (BCVA's) herd health planning courses, director of a herd health planning website and a special lecturer in cattle medicine at Nottingham. He is a past-president of the BCVA.

  2. David Harwood

    David Harwood graduated from London in 1974 and worked in mixed, mainly farm animal, practice. He works at the Winchester Regional Laboratory of the Veterinary Laboratories Agency (VLA). He is a member of the VLA Cattle Group and a past‐president of the BCVA.


TRAUMATIC reticuloperitonitis, colloquially referred to as ‘hardware’ or, more recently, ‘tyre wire’ disease, has become increasingly common and is particularly challenging to manage because the clinical presentation is often vague. This article discusses the diagnosis and treatment of the condition, and considers the changing clinicopathological pattern of the disease, including penetration of the rumen wall by migrating metallic fragments. It also suggests some preventive measures that may be easily implemented on‐farm.

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