TEETHING BUMPS (ERUP­TION CYSTS)

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Lo­ca­tion: These bumps are found on the lower jaw, ap­prox­i­mately half­way be­tween the nose and throat­latch. They com­monly ap­pear on both sides at the same time, al­though one side could be big­ger than the other. What it is: These bumps ap­pear in young horses (typ­i­cally 2 to 4 years old) and are caused by pres­sure from per­ma­nent teeth as they push out the de­cid­u­ous or “baby teeth.” Look and feel: Teething bumps are usu­ally about the size of a wal­nut or smaller, and feel very hard and bony. Should you worry: If your horse is in the cor­rect age range and the bumps aren’t painful when you squeeze them, they shouldn’t be a prob­lem. In some horses, the baby teeth or “caps” will be re­tained (dif­fi­cult to push out), and these teething bumps can be­come en­larged and painful due to ex­ces­sive pres­sure. Your vet may rec­om­mend re­mov­ing the stub­born caps to re­lieve pres­sure and al­low per­ma­nent teeth to move in.

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