Our horses are living longer than ever. In the wild many horses would succumb to poor dentition and starvation due to inability to chew their feed. In captivity we recognize that poor dentition is detrimental to our horse’s well-being. Signs of dental disease include dropping grain or feed, fighting the bit and weight loss. Many horses however show no signs at all until dental disease is advanced. Many horses with poor dentition are also at increased risk of colic. Annual dental exams are an important part of equine wellness. Dental disorders can often be managed with routine care. During every yearly wellness visit we will take the opportunity to look in your horses mouth however once yearly your horse should have a proper oral exam.
What to expect: An oral exam is performed by giving your horse a small amount of sedation, we will then place a speculum into your horses mouth and with the help of a powerful light we are able to see all of your horses teeth, evaluate your horses gums and tongue for signs of ulcers or infection. If your horse requires dental work we can show you what needs to be done and complete the work. Our veterinarians have extensive training in dentistry. We offer both manual floats and power floats.With the right equipment and training we are able to correct many equine dental disorders. These include but are not limited to reducing sharp points that develop due to the grinding of hay and grass, we are able to reduce hooks that develop, wolf tooth extractions, extractions of loose or painful fractured teeth, we are able to perform dental radiographs, periodontal pockets and abscesses, we are also trained to deal with malocclusions such as parrot mouth or wave mouth.