Equine dentals

Rural Veterinary Services provides full equine dental services, either at the clinic, or as a farm visit. Our main clinic is equipped with a horse crush, and day-stay yards, to allow for safe and effective equine care. We are also equipped with the latest and greatest equine dentistry equipment, facilitating the very best of equine dental care. Our veterinarians have undergone advanced training in this area, having attending post-graduate courses in equine dentistry, and being trained by equine dental specialists. 

Why does my horse need a dental?

A horse's teeth have long crowns that continue to wear and erupt over time. Diet and lifestyle can cause a horse's teeth to develop sharp points, which can cut the horse's cheeks and cause pain during chewing or riding.  Signs that your horse may be suffering these, or other dental disease issues include spilling feed, drooling, eating slowly, tossing the head or tilting the head while eating or being ridden, or chewing the bit .

Eventually poor dental care can result in impaction colics, as the horse doesn’t digest its feed properly. It can also result in weight loss.

It is recommended that all horses receive regular dentals on at least an annual basis, in order to prevent problems from occurring. This should be part of every horse owner's regular horse health management protocol—just like worming and vaccination. As horses age, they may need more regular dental checks, as they become more prone to developing issues resulting from improper wearing of teeth, or as they begin to lose teeth due to ending their dental life.

 

 Why get a veterinarian to do a dental?

There are a number of advantages of getting a qualified veterinarian to undertake your equine dental care. Legally, only a qualified veterinarian can provide and/or administer sedation and analgesia to any animal. Because dental procedures can be painful and sometimes stressful for the animal—especially where tooth extractions are involved—sedation and analgesia are essential for the comfort and safety of both the horse and its handlers.

Essentially equine dentists can only float a horse's teeth and remove caps. However, equine dental care involves much more than this. It requires a complete evaluation and treatment, including manually and visually equilibrating the molar and incisor arcade, checking for periodontal disease and gingival health. These are things that only a veterinarian is trained to do.

 

If you have any questions reagrding your horses dental health and equine dentistry or would like to make a booking please feel free to contact our friendly staff on 08 8762 1885.