Looking after your horse’s dental health is a very important part of their management. Dental problems can cause significant mouth pain and discomfort well before these problems are apparent to the rider and a long time before eating issues such as quidding are observed.
Accordingly we advise that all horses’ teeth should be routinely examined at least annually, often every six months. Annual vaccination is a good time for us to check you horse’s teeth and rasp them if necessary thus allowing prevention of many dental problems, or at least to identify any problems prior to them causing too much discomfort.
Regular rasping is important for all equines to ensure sharp edges and hooks are kept in check and to determine any abnormalities. Horses have a very high fibre diet and it is important that they can chew effectively in order to break down the fibre before it enters their digestive system. Insufficiently chewed food is wasteful and expensive, and can lead to ill-thrift or more seriously colic or choke.
All our vets are very experienced dental practitioners and have attended courses on dentistry. They have the experience, access to pharmaceuticals and equipment to provide all dental work, both routine and more extensive, including power tool work and extractions, and imaging such as x-rays if necessary.
Please remember it is illegal for anyone other than a Veterinary Surgeon to dispense, supply or stock prescription only medications; therefore they are the only professionals able to administer sedation to your horse for any more invasive dental treatment. It is also illegal for anyone other than a veterinary surgeon to remove teeth unless they are palpably loose.