Horses have developed to hide signs of pain due to their ‘prey’ nature, meaning that pain is often moderate to severe once dental signs appear.
Common signs include:
- Dropping food (quidding)
- Difficulty chewing
- Excessive salivation
- Loss of body condition
- Head tossing, bit chewing, resisting bridling, poor performance
- Foul odour from mouth or nostrils
- Swelling of the face, jaw, or mouth tissues
If you notice any of these signs in your horse, please contact us immediately at the practice as your horse may be suffering from dental pain.