What you see. The starting point for addressing any equine health related issue is your observation.


Foal or Newborn, Nose Deviated to Side, Wry Nose


Wry nose (campylorrhinus lateralis), is a rare congenital deformity involving the malformation of the bones in the face.

You would most likely notice this at birth. What should you do?

In some cases, the deviation is significant enough that the foal cannot nurse.

Degrees of malformation vary, and some foals cannot nurse. Surgical reconstruction may be suitable for mild cases. Severe cases are usually euthanized. Call your vet right away to evaluate your foal's general health and assess this condition.
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your role


What To Do

What Not To Do

Affected foals should not be bred.

your vet's role

Questions Your Vet Might Ask:
  • Can the foal nurse?
  • How severe is the nasal deviation?
  • When was the foal born?

Diagnostics Your Vet May Perform

Figuring out the cause of the problem. These are tests or procedures used by your vet to determine what’s wrong.

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Diagnoses Your Vet May Consider

The cause of the problem. These are conditions or ailments that are the cause of the observations you make.

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Author: Doug Thal DVM Dipl. ABVP