Dentistry is a favourite specialty of many of the Kirkton vets! As we are all actively involved in the horse industry in one way or another, we have seen the benefits of having a well-maintained mouth. We are equipped with the latest dental equipment, and are always prepared to help a mouth in need!
Horses that are ridden/driven or wear a bridle will feel the effects of poor oral health before those that don’t, and for that reason, many of these horses will have their teeth floated annually with their health exam and vaccinations. This is a good practice to get into if you don’t want to worry about things getting out of hand, or forgetting to have your horse’s teeth checked at another time of the year. There is always an exception to the rule – some horses may need dental care as often as 3-4 times per year if there is a major correction to be done. Just think about how much a little cut in your own mouth hurts – we are aiming to prevent this in our horses!
Horses that are kept as pets or those that are retired still need regular dental check-ups, so don’t forget them! Older horses especially may require more dental care, as they start to lose their teeth in their 20’s. Weight loss, difficulty chewing, or dropping feed may be the first clues that your horse needs some dental attention.
Young horses also have their own dental issues as they lose their baby teeth (“caps”) and get their permanent teeth from the ages of 2-6. Many will also have wolf teeth that should likely be removed prior to wearing a bridle as they can be a cause of discomfort.
If you have any reason to think your horse may have a dental issue, don’t hesitate to let us know.