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Schweiz Arch Tierheilkd. 2017 Aug;159(8):437-444. doi: 10.17236/sat00125.

[Equine dentistry: Survey on Swiss horse owners].

[Article in German; Abstract available in German from the publisher]

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Departement für Pferdechirurgie, Vetsuisse-Fakultät, Universität Zürich.
Veterinär-Anatomisches Institut, Vetsuisse-Fakultät, Universität Zürich.
Pferdepraxis Thurland, Uzwil.


in English, French, German, Italian

The interest in equine dentistry has significantly increased in the last 15 years. On the part of the veterinarians as well as of the horse owners there is a strong attention to the topic. The aim of the questionnaire was to investigate amongst horse owners what their level of information and preferences about dental treatment are and how they are implemented. The questionnaire was translated into the three national languages and included 20 questions about level and sources of information, frequency of treatments and the horse owner's stance over sedation of the animals. With a return rate of 45% (1'466 of 3'250 sent questionnaires) significant conclusions could be drawn. Horse owners showed a strong demand for clarification regarding tooth problems, the causes, consequences and methods of treatment. More than half of the owners considered themselves not well informed. The treating person was in 66.7% a veterinarian with a special education. Horse owners indicated that information circulated most frequently by word of mouth recommendations and they explicitly wished information from professional and reliable sources. The questionnaire provided a clear result about current equine dental treatments. We suggest that they should be performed by veterinarians only with a special education.


Fragebogen; Laiendentist; Pferd; Pferdebesitzer; Pferdezahnspezialist; Zahnbehandlung Schweiz; dental treatment Switzerland; equine dentist; horse; horse owner; lay dentist; questionnaire

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