What Is EOTRH?

What Is EOTRH?

Equine Odontoclastic Tooth Resorption and Hypercementosis (EOTRH) is a dental condition that affects horses, leading to the deterioration and loss of teeth. At Carter Veterinary Services in the Lowcountry, we are well-versed in diagnosing and managing EOTRH in horses. With our expertise and personalized care, we strive to improve the dental health and overall well-being of your equine companion. Schedule an appointment today.

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EOTRH primarily affects older horses, typically those over the age of 15. It is characterized by the abnormal resorption of the tooth roots and excessive cement production, leading to tooth decay, pain, and tooth loss. As horse owners, it is crucial to familiarize ourselves with the signs and symptoms of EOTRH, so that we can seek timely equine veterinary intervention.

Infographic - Signs of EOTRH
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Signs of EOTRH

Common indications of EOTRH include loose teeth, bleeding gums, bad breath, difficulty eating, weight loss, and changes in behavior during feeding. Horses with this condition may demonstrate sensitivity and pain when pressure is applied to their mouth or when eating, leading to a decline in their overall appetite and performance. If you notice any of these symptoms, it is essential to consult with our veterinary team at Carter Veterinary Services for a thorough evaluation and diagnosis.

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EOTRH Treatments

Effective management of EOTRH requires a comprehensive treatment approach tailored to the individual horse. At our equine vet clinic, we understand the importance of pain management and aim to ensure the comfort and quality of life for horses affected by EOTRH. Treatment options can include tooth extraction, dental cleaning, and pain medication administration to alleviate discomfort associated with the condition. We will work closely with you to develop a treatment plan that suits your horse's needs and promotes their overall dental health.

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The Role of Dental Examinations

Regular dental examinations are vital in identifying and monitoring EOTRH in horses. Our experienced veterinarians in the Lowcountry utilize advanced diagnostic techniques such as dental radiographs to evaluate the extent of tooth resorption and hypercementosis. By detecting EOTRH in its early stages, we can implement proactive measures to slow down the progression of the disease and manage associated pain effectively.

How You Can Help

Prevention plays a crucial role in maintaining your horse's dental health and minimizing the risk of EOTRH. Routine dental care, including annual dental examinations and regular teeth cleaning, can help identify underlying issues before they escalate. A balanced diet that promotes dental health and minimizes the consumption of sugary or abrasive feeds can also contribute to reducing the likelihood of EOTRH.


At Carter Veterinary Services serving the Lowcountry, we understand the impact that EOTRH can have on your horse's overall well-being. Our knowledgeable veterinary team is committed to providing personalized care and treatment plans to ensure the best possible outcome for horses affected by EOTRH. Call our large animal vets today.

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