Why Veterinary Equine Dentals are Different
Let’s say you suspect your horse has a mouth issue. This means you have observed one or more of these behaviours:
- Dropping food when eating – we call this Quidding”
- Abnormal eating habits – e.g. opening mouth at strange angles when eating
- Coughing or choke during or after eating
- Resisting the bit when ridden
- Resisting collection, pressure or steering when ridden
- Head shaking
- Swelling on the face or cheeks
- Head shy
- Nasal discharge
Who Do You Call?
Now you could call an Equine Dentist who is not a Vet but can perform a dental – OR – you could call a Veterinary Equine Dentist who in addition to being able to perform a professional oral exam and dental procedure if needed, can also diagnose any other issues that may be contributing to the problem.
This is why Veterinary Dentals are often “packaged” to include an Equine Health Check.
This is good medicine and the best approach to horse health care. Without being health checked at the same time, underlying causes and developing illnesses can be overlooked leading to further problems down the track.
3 Reasons to Choose an Equine Veterinary Dentist
1 – We use Sedation
Providing effective sedation helps keeps your horse calm and comfortable during the procedure. Your horse should not be subjected to unnecessary pain at any stage of veterinary treatment. It also allows much better examination of the mouth and teeth.
2 – We include a “Health Check”
This means we can diagnose other conditions of the mouth, head and body that could be affecting your horse. The oral examination includes – incisor alignment, condition of teeth, visualisation of tongue, cheeks and palate and condition of gums.
- Full examination of: heart, lungs, abdomen, limbs, eyes, feet, skin & coat, etc
- Discussion on feed, health, concerns, etc
- Examination at trot and walk – to assess gait and problem areas
We also use a Dental Video Endoscope to thoroughly explore your horse’s entire oral cavity. Images can be viewed and saved on the device for your records.
The float procedure includes – rasping down teeth to allow re-balancing of the mouth and target any problem areas. This is done with either a Power Float, manual tools (hand tools) or both.
3 – We can perform extractions with Pain Relief if necessary
Only registered veterinarians can perform extractions with supportive pain relief should that be necessary. (Technicians can’t prescribe pain relief)
How often should my Horse have a Dental?
- Due to the way horse’s teeth erupt and wear throughout their lifetime – we recommend a dental check every 12 months.
- Some conditions require your horse to have dentals more often such as every 6 or even 3 months.
- At any time your horse shows signs of oral discomfort.
Dental Package Fees
The cost of our all inclusive Equine Health Check and Dental Package is $200 + Travel (Less than a Consultation + Dental if charged separately)
For 3 or more horses treated at the same property (within our service area) – there is no travel charge.
Dental only: $140 + Travel (If you don’t want a Health Check at the same time)
*Fees do NOT include extractions
*Fees valid as at June 2016.
- Reduced consultation Fee
- Allows your horse to be registered on our system and become “under our care”. This allows us to service you and your horse better should you need advice or medications between annual visits.
- As a registered client of the practice, you can access our 24/7 Emergency service.
- Other preventative treatment or testing can be carried out at the same time e.g. Faecal floats, Equine Cushing Disease etc.
- Allows us to build a relationship with you and your horse in a non – emergency situation.