Equine Dentistry


Top 5 Facts About Dental Disease In Horses

1.     Dental Disease Is Painful

2.     Dental Disease Reduces Your Horse's Performance

3.     Dental Disease Can Have A Huge Impact On Your Horse's Ability To Maintain Frame And Head Carriage

4.     Dental Disease Is Often The Reason Why Your Horse May Fail In Training

5.     Dental Disease Can Reduce The Life Expectancy Of Your Horse. 

Equine dentistry has undergone huge advancements in the last ten years, as scientists have become more aware of dental disease and the large impact it can have on performance, health and welfare in horses.

These advancements prove that removing "sharp points" is only a very small part of maintaining a healthy mouth.

Research has proven that horses suffer from a range of dental disease including : 

  • Overgrowths / hooks / Excessive Transverse Ridges
  • Gum Disease (Periodontal Disease)
  • Caries 
  • Fractured Teeth
  • Oral Tumours
  • Displaced and Super-nummary Teeth

Even though routine equine dentistry should not be painful for the horse, horses are given mild sedation, which includes a powerful analgesic. This reduces stress on horses and owners and enables a complete examination of the horse’s mouth with the use of a dental mirror, dental pick and good light source. 

 What We Offer:

  • Confidence That Your Horse Is Being Cared For By A Recognised Dentistry Trained Veterinary Surgeon Accountable For The Service He Provides
  • A Mobile Dentistry Service That Delivers A Convenient, Competitive, Safe And Stress-Free Experience For You And Your Horse
  • Investment in Specialised Instruments – That Means Safe And High Quality Dentistry
  • Examination Of Your Horse Prior To Carrying Out The Necessary Dental Work
  • A Detailed And Thorough Dental Examination And Correction Of Dental Abnormalities
  • Written Report And Charting Of The Dental Examination For Your Records
  • Vaccination, Worming And Parasite Control Advice
  • Confidence That Your Horse’s Teeth Will Be Maintained To The Highest Standards – That Means Improved Performance, Pain Free, Happy Horses With Increased Life Expectancy

 

How often should my horse see the dentist?

I recommend a dental checkup at least every 12 months, and every 6 months for young horses (less than 5) as there is a lot of change in their mouths at this age( shedding caps etc). This helps catch dental problems early and treat them before they become serious.

If there are dental problems, treatment may need to be more frequent, Dr Lloyd Varga will discuss with you the ideal treatment program for your horse.

Obviously prevention is always better than cure. The best way to avoid dental problems affecting your horse’s health is to have regular dental checkups.

How can I tell if my horse has teeth problems?

As horses are prey animals they tend to hide problems until they are quite severe. However, signs that there are dental problems include dropping feed, taking longer to finish their feed and undigested feed in the faeces. There may also be signs when riding like tossing their heads when pressure is applied to the reins, reluctance to accept the bit and reluctance to round up/collect.

A well maintained mouth will cost much less to feed, and can prevent the onset of painful conditions 

If you would like to book an appointment, Please chat to Dr Lloyd Varga