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Foreign Body in Mouth

Occasionally a horse will pick up a piece of wire, wood or other foreign material, lodging it between the rows of teeth or within the soft tissues of the mouth. This is much more common in young horses who tend to be more curious about their surroundings and tend to pick up and chew foreign material.

A foreign body typically causes signs of mouth irritation, and difficulty eating. In some cases, wire or other sharp foreign body may penetrate the soft tissues of the mouth, causing an abscess.

It may be unsafe to try to remove a foreign body yourself without veterinary help, because there is a real risk of being severely bitten.

Author: Doug Thal DVM Dipl. ABVP

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