Looking after your equine companion’s teeth is important for their overall wellbeing.
Just like us, poor dental health can affect your horse or pony’s overall health & wellbeing, as well as causing pain. Untreated dental problems can make it difficult for your horse or pony to eat, may affect their mood, and could lead to secondary infections in other areas of the body.
Our equine vets are qualified and experienced in all aspects of routine dentistry, from basic rasping to standing extractions. They are also trained to look for signs of dental disorders and diagnose appropriately.
A thorough examination
The most important part of equine dentistry is actually examining the mouth, just like with humans. As well as looking after your horse or pony’s teeth, our equine vets are trained to examine the whole of the mouth for signs of any problems, and also to examine the animal as a whole as the mouth is just the beginning of their digestive tract.
An appropriate knowledge of dental anatomy and disorders enables our team to diagnose quickly and start treatment as soon as possible. Under the Veterinary Surgeons Act (1966) a “diagnosis” can ONLY be reached by a qualified veterinary surgeon.
Many ponies and horses will tolerate basic rasping without the need for sedation, however, we will usually recommend sedation to allow a more thorough dental examination, and reduce the stress on your animal.
Equine dentistry equipment
We are equipped with a battery powered Dearson mechanical rasp for targeted and precise work, and a variety of hand rasps to suit any sized patient.
Our mobile digital X-ray unit also allows us to investigate dental issues further, and treat appropriately where necessary.
As well as equine dentistry, Pilgrims Vets in the New Forest can provide you with the below equine services:
- Equine Vettings to help you purchase the right horse or pony for you
- Rounds Visits to provide fundamental health care
- Lameness Investigation is common for our experienced equine team
- Regular Equine Health Checks are important when keeping a horse or pony
- Equine surgery for routine and more complex procedures