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How do I know if my horse has dental problems?

Wed, Dec 8th, 2010
Posted in Ask the Expert

Horses with dental disease may show signs such as pain or irritation around their head. But, other horses may not show signs at all because they simply learn to live with the pain.

 If a horse starts acting differently, dental problems should always be considered. Delaying treatment of a dental problem can make it difficult or even impossible to cure. If your horse shows any of the following signs, you should call your veterinarian:

  Losing feed from mouth while eating

  Weight loss

  Large undigested feed particles in manure

  Head tilting or excessive salivation

  Foul odor from mouth or nose, nasal discharge or

   facial swelling.

All horses should have their mouth examined by a vet at least once a year to prevent dental problems.

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