Present address: Veterinary Department, The Donkey Sanctuary, Sidmouth, Devon, EX10 0NU, UK.
Common dental disorders in the donkey
Article first published online: 17 MAY 2011
© 2011 EVJ Ltd
Equine Veterinary Education
Volume 24, Issue 1, pages 45–51, January 2012
How to Cite
du Toit, N. and Dixon, P. M. (2012), Common dental disorders in the donkey. Equine Veterinary Education, 24: 45–51. doi: 10.1111/j.2042-3292.2011.00236.x
- Issue published online: 2 DEC 2011
- Article first published online: 17 MAY 2011
- dental disorders;
- dental treatment
Normal dental anatomy and the range of dental disorders found in donkeys are largely similar to those described in horses. Recent studies have shown dental disease to have a high prevalence in donkeys. Some dental disorders, such as diastemata, displaced teeth and wave mouth can have serious clinical consequences by causing oral pain and weight loss and even predispose to colic. Many of these signs can be prevented by regular dental treatment that can slow down or even prevent the progression of these disorders.