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Clinical signs and treatment of aged sheep with loose mandibular or maxillary cheek teeth
  1. AH Andrews

Abstract

Five cases of loose mandibular or maxillary cheek teeth in sheep are described. All the sheep showed loss of condition but excessive salivation was not a consistent feature. Two had high helminth egg counts, one a facial abscess and three loose rostral teeth. Blood biochemical results showed raised creatine phosphokinase (three cases), low glucose (three) and marginally low calcium levels (two). Diagnosis was based on digital palpation of the teeth during sedation. Treatment by extraction of loose teeth allowed a further litter of lambs from pregnant ewes and an extra tupping season from a ram.

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