Most owners are aware that horses’ teeth require regular attention. However, with various services available, what makes a veterinary examination worth the money?
A quality equine dental vet will easily meet the following criteria, so these are the questions you should ask any person treating your horses...
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The first step of any dental should be a thorough examination of the mouth.
Due to the continual growth or eruption of equine teeth, horses will naturally develop significantly sharp enamel points.
At Franklin Vets, we use a speculum to safely open the mouth before flushing out food matter with antiseptic solution. We then use a light to fully visualise all of the mouth, with the help of a dental mirror. To help understanding of the procedure, we encourage owners to look in the mouth whilst we point out any problems/pathology.
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Occasionally extractions are indicated and as vets we provide pain-free local anaesthesia for these procedures. This reduces anxiety during extraction and results in a happier horse, less prone to being head or bridle shy after the event.
Veterinarians can also administer alternative forms of pain relief to aid treatment.
As regulated professionals, we remain responsible for all treatments performed including follow-ups. We are also required to keep up with the latest techniques and equipment to ensure a high level of service.
Now is the ideal time of year to arrange a dental examination for your horse. Ensuring they are able to effectively utilise the grass available and minimise condition loss following winter.
If you have any concerns regarding your horse’s mouth including weight loss, dropping or packing feed, bridle resistance etc, please contact us.