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Horses - problems with teeth

  • horse teethCheek teeth may become unevenly worn, so they don’t grind feed efficiently and can cause ulcers on the tongue.
  • The signs of this include dropping of feed from the mouth while chewing, bulging of the cheeks caused by wads of food becoming impacted between the teeth and cheek, and/or green staining around the mouth caused by drooling of saliva.
  • Overgrown edges on cheek teeth are common in elderly ponies and horses.
  • Treatment is by rasping the sharp edges and it takes a trained person like a veterinarian or a horse dentist to do this effectively.
  • To prevent problems, it is wise to have the cheek teeth of ponies and horses rasped regularly, perhaps once a year or so, by a veterinarian or a horse dentist.
  • Periodontal disease can affect cheek teeth. It is caused by infections of the gum and supporting structures around the cheek teeth roots.
  • In severe cases the bone becomes swollen and sore, then the animal is reluctant to chew its cud and it gets thin.
  • If you suspect any problems like this, veterinary care is needed to avoid behavioral and welfare problems.
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