A horse’s teeth are the most overlooked and under treated of all equine pathologies.
When you consider how a horse eats, grazing, and how we use our horses,placing a bit in their mouth, their teeth and their ability to grind and have teeth contact each other without pain is by far one of the most important factors in a horse’s overall health and well being.
Horses’ teeth also continue to grow their entire life. If a tooth is lost or broken, the opposing tooth can literally grow into the opposing gum, locking the jaw and preventing chewing.
In working and show horses, an unbalanced mouth can lead to poor performance and lack of responsiveness. A good mouth can give you a competitive edge!
All equine dentistry requires sedation for the veterinarian to reach safely all the way to the back teeth (horses have teeth almost to the level of their ear!). Dr. Carlson has developed a safe and effective sedation protocol he can use in all horse breeds, sizes, and ages. They recover quickly and are ready for the ride home.
Dr. Carlson and Dr. Stansbery can perform dentistry in the clinic or at the stable, if proper restraint and water can be provided. They are willing to travel if groups of ten or more horses can meet him in one barn.
SIGNS TO LOOK FOR
Signs of dental disease/bad teeth you will see in horses are:
- Poor Hair Coat
- Weight Loss
- Inability to Gain Weight
- Quidding, or Slobbering Grain
- Shaking Head When Bridled
- Reluctance to Take Bit
- Turning Head to Side or Bobbing When Eating or Chewing
- Blood in Saliva