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Donkey Dentistry

Posted by PrimRose on January 8, 2018 at 7:15 AM

As donkeys who live on a farm do not have as much chance to eat coarse grasses, their teeth do not get worn down and keep growing. This can make it painful to eat and eventually cause damage to the jaw. Yearly a donkey’s teeth need to be floated by a vet. Floated means filed down with a device called a float. Many donkeys need to be mildly sedated during the floating and need quiet time to recover afterwards as the sedation wears off. As with humans donkey bites vary. The ideal donkey bite when mature, which is when the third year teeth have erupted, should have the teeth of the lower jaw meet the teeth of the upper jaw. Some donkeys are parrot mouthed or overshot, such as Charlotte in the photos below. This is when the teeth in the top jaw hang over the lower jaw teeth. Donkeys can also be monkey mouthed or undershot such is the case with Wilson the hinny. There is little to be done about either condition but both can make chewing difficult. Those of us who know Wilson know he has no difficulty there! For breeding purposes, which does not occur at the sanctuary, animals with either bite problem would not be bred as the condition can worsen. At the sanctuary all animals are much loved and dietary adjustments made if necessary.


Charlottte donkey has an 'over shot' bite or teeth.

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