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Online Journal of Veterinary Research


 Volume 22 (6):452-456, 2018.

Prevalence of dental problems in 200 lamb or sheep carcasses (Iran).


Amjadian S. (DVM), Afshari Safavi E. (DVM, DVSc)*, Moaddab SH (DVM, DVSc)..


1Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Department of clinical sciences, Razi University, Kermanshah, Iran. *Corresponding author




Amjadian S, Afshari Safavi E, Moaddab SH., Prevalence of dental problems in 200 lamb or sheep carcasses (Iran), Onl J Vet Res., 22 (6):452-456, 2018. Dental problems affect digestion, physical condition and production in lambs (=<1 year) and sheep (>=1 year). We monitored 200 ovine carcasses over 6 months at a slaughterhouse in Kermanshah, Iran for dental conditions and found 92% had at least one dental condition. Most common was tooth staining in 89.5%, excess incisor wear in 17% and caries in 9%. Presence of wave mouth, dental diastema, dental rotation and step mouth were significantly (P < 0.05) higher in sheep over 1 year old. Our results suggest that dental problems are common in native sheep in the locality but more so in older animals.


Keywords: Dental problems; sheep, abattoir, Iran.