Diseases Of The Teeth

There are few if any diseases to which the mule's teeth are subject,

after the permanent teeth are developed; but during the time of their

changes I have been led to believe that he suffers more inconvenience,

or at least as much as any other animal--not so much on account of the

suffering that nature inflicts upon him, as through the inexperience and

cruelty of those who are generally intrusted with his care. I will here

speak first of lampass. The animal's mouth is made sore and sensitive by

teething; and this irritation and soreness is increased by the use of

improper bits. As if this were not enough, resort is had to that

barbarous and inhuman practice of burning out lampass. This I do, and

always have protested against. If the gums are swollen from the cutting

of teeth, which is about all the cause for their inflamed and enlarged

appearance, a light stroke of a lancet or sharp knife over the gums, at

a point where the teeth are forcing their way through, and a little

regard to the animal's diet, will be all that is necessary. It must not

be forgotten, that at this time the animal's mouth is too sore and

sensitive to masticate hard food, such as corn. With the development of

the teeth, however, the lampass will generally disappear.

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