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Managing dysmastication in the horse

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Original languageEnglish
JournalIn Practice
Early online date6 Apr 2018
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 6 Apr 2018


Dysmastication (difficulty in mastication), colloquially referred to as “quidding”, is relatively common in equidae and is frequently incorrectly called dysphagia (difficulty swallowing) which is fortunately much less common. Dysmastication ranges in severity from mild, causing minor or chronic clinical signs such as slow or selective eating, to severe, resulting in quidding, reduced feed intake and weight loss, requiring thorough evaluation and treatment. There are a relatively small number of common causes of dysmastication, most of which are easy to diagnose and some are easily treatable, however some cases require more detailed evaluation and their treatment can be challenging. This article discusses the most common causes of equine dysmastication and approaches to their diagnosis and management.

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  • Horse, Dysmastication, Dentistry

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