Regular dental examinations are important for all equines to maintain their health and performance. Bourton Vale Equine Clinic has experienced vets specialising in equine dentistry, who can treat your horse, pony or donkey either at your yard, or at the clinic.
Dentistry is a growing area of Veterinary medicine and here at BVEC we are moving with the times.
A horse’s teeth, unlike a human’s, continuously erupt throughout their lives. In the wild their teeth naturally wear down with the rough grazing that they are living on. As we have domesticated them, the feeds and forage that we now feed are not coarse enough to naturally wear the teeth.
Dental checks should be performed at least annually. However, a large number of horses and ponies will actually need checking and rasping more frequently (ie every 6 months) especially those under eight years of age and those with more severe dental problems. Your vet will advise you at each visit when your next check up should be.
Common signs of dental problems include :
- Difficulty eating -problems such as quidding (spitting out partially chewed food)
- Unpleasant odours
- Weight loss/condition
- Biting and riding problems
These problems can be due to sharp points, over growths, diastemas (gaps between teeth), missing teeth, abscesses or fractures and some of these can even lead to sinus problems.
Routine work with hand tools, wolf tooth removal or rasping with power tools can be carried out at your own yard, or alternatively, if more convenient you can bring your horse into the clinic to be treated. We recommend that for more advanced work, patients are brought to the clinic where we can perform examinations with our static oroscope and radiographs can be taken. Standing oral extractions or extractions under general anaesthetics can also be performed.
Whatever your concerns, give us a call. We are happy to talk to you about any possible problems your horse or pony is having with their teeth.
Sedation for Equine Dental Technicians (EDT).
BVEC also work with and sedate horses or ponies for qualified EDTs to perform routine dental work. In some cases it may be useful for us to discuss the planned work with your dentist for us to allow enough time for the visit, especially for less routine work.