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Recognize your horse's dental problems!

Recognize your horse\'s dental problems!

Learn to Recognize your Horse’s Dental Problems

It is important to catch dental problems early. If a horse starts behaving abnormally, dental problems should be considered as a potential cause. Waiting too long may increase the difficulty of remedying certain conditions or may even make remedy impossible. Look for the following indicators of dental problems from the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) to know when to seek veterinary attention for your horse:

  1. Loss of feed from mouth while eating, difficulty with chewing, or excessive salivation.

  2. Loss of body condition.

  3. Large or undigested feed particles (long stems or whole grain) in manure.

  4. Head tilting or tossing, bit chewing, tongue lolling, fighting the bit, or resisting bridling.

  5. Poor performance, such as lugging on the bridle, failing to turn or stop, even bucking.

  6. Foul odor from mouth or nostrils, or traces of blood from the mouth.

  7. Nasal discharge or swelling of the face, jaw or mouth tissues.

For more information about proper dental care, ask your equine veterinarian for “Dental Care: The Importance of Maintaining the Health of Your Horse’s Mouth,” a brochure provided by the AAEP in conjunction with Educational Partner Bayer Animal Health. Additional information is available on the AAEP’s website <span style="&quot;color:rgb(0.000000%," 0.000000%,="" 100.000000%);="" font-family:timesnewromanpsmt;="" font-size:12.000000pt"="">www.aaep.org/horseowner.

Reprinted with permission from the American Association of Equine Practitioners. 


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