Oral examination and radiographic evaluation of the dentition in wild cats from Namibia

Roux, P; Berger, M; Stich, H; Schawalder, P (2009). Oral examination and radiographic evaluation of the dentition in wild cats from Namibia. Journal of veterinary dentistry, 26(1), pp. 16-22. Boise, Idaho: American Veterinary Dental Society AVDS

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Feline tooth resorption has been widely reported in domestic cats and sporadically described in other felidae. The goal of the present study was to determine the prevalence of tooth resorption and to report other dental problems in a population of wild felidae. Observations of dental disorders and anomalies were made in skulls from 73 wild felidae (cheetahs, leopards, caracals, African wildcats, and lions) originating from Namibia. In addition, radiographs were taken in 43 cases to determine signs of bone and root pathology. Radiographs showed varying stages of tooth resorption in 16.0% of the specimens. Other dental anomalies found included fused teeth, supernumerary roots, or missing teeth. The prevalence of dental resorption in wild felidae was lower than reported in the domestic cat.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


04 Faculty of Medicine > School of Dental Medicine > Department of Preventive, Restorative and Pediatric Dentistry
05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Clinical Veterinary Medicine (DKV) > Small Animal Clinic

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Stich, Hermann and Schawalder, Peter




American Veterinary Dental Society AVDS




Eveline Carmen Schuler

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04 Oct 2013 15:11

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25 Jan 2017 12:16

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https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/31125 (FactScience: 195530)

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