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Online Journal of Veterinary Research

(Including Medical and Laboratory Research)

Established 1994

ISSN 1328-925X


Volume 22 (10):986-993, 2018.

Age and dental disorders in camels.


Alireza Zangili DVM, Abdolhamid Meimandi-Parizi DVM PhD., Aboutorab Tabatabaei Naeini DVM PhD.


Department of Clinical Sciences, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Shiraz University, Shiraz, Iran.




Zangili A, Meimandi-Parizi, AT., Age and dental disorders in camels, Onl J Vet Res., 22 (10):986-993, 2018. Camelid teeth differ from other ruminants with age estimated by tooth growth. We report dental age and abnormalities observed in 121 camels by microphotograph. We detected dental lesions in 30 camels (~24.8%) four in under 5 years of age, 7 between 5 and 9 years, and 19 more than 9 years of age. Fourteen percent were broken teeth, 4.1% presented wave complex and 2.5% severe attrition. In camels less than 5 years of age, we found lesions in 3.3% but in those over 9 years, 20.7% (P < 0.05). Dental fluorosis, split or worn, rotated or teeth attrition was relatively low and more common in older camels. Dental disorders could be due to local ecosystems or geography.


Key words: Camel, dental disorder, Iran.