Dental health for horses can be difficult because since horses cannot tell their owners when they are having pain or issues, any dental problems can sometimes go on for a long time. As a horse owner though, it is important to recognize the signs of when your horse is suffering from dental issues. Some signs are:
- Missing or loose teeth
- Unusually bad breath
- Large pieces of food in their stool
- Swelling in and around the mouth
- Taking a long time to eat due to very slow chewing
- Holding head in an odd position while eating
- Loss of appetite
- Excessive drooling
- Smelly discharge coming from one side of the nose
- Bleeding from mouth
- Cuts and bruises near the mouth area
If your horse is exhibiting any of these symptoms, it is important to take him or her to a doctor or horse dentist right away. To prevent any future dental problems, you might want to consider scheduling regular checkups for your horse. The frequency of checkups will depend on the age of the horse and how active they are. Typically, the younger the horse is, the less frequent they have to go but the older your horse gets, the more you will want their mouths to be examined.
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