Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Dental Correction and Feed Digestibility

Thehorse.com - Full Article

by: Sarah L. Evers
March 13 2002, Article # 3393

According to a report published in the Equine Veterinary Journal, equine dental abnormalities are among the top five most common medical problems encountered by equine veterinarians. Clinical evidence has shown that horses with severe tooth hooks and points that were corrected gained weight and stopped quidding (dropping feed). This can improve digestibility of feed. The study, sponsored by Cornell University and Rutgers, concluded that routine dental work done on horses with less severe hooks and points did not improve feed digestibility.

Routine dental work is necessary to prevent the severe hooks and points from being formed, reminded Harold Hintz, PhD, MS, Professor of animal nutrition at Cornell University and one of the researchers involved with the study.

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