Horses survived in the wild without a dentist, why does my horse need her teeth done?
Horses in the wild did without vaccine, wormer, health care providers, shoers, and owners. they also died sooner.
Someone told me their lame horse became sound after they had the teeth done.
This is true, Some lameness problems have been resolved with thorough dentistry.
My veterinarian checks my horses’ teeth every 6 to 12 months and floats them, so why would they need more than that?
They may not need anything more, if they regularly receive dental care with a full-mouth speculum and a thorough oral exam. (This may take 30 minutes to 1 hour the first time a mature horse gets thorough dental care.)A dental chart illustrating the problems in the horses’ mouth and a record of the evaluation and procedure is a good indication that the dentistry was reasonably complete.
My horses (my customer’s horses) are all fat and happy and some of them are yearlings and really too young to have dental problems. Why should I spend money on unnecessary procedures?
One of the most damaging myths about horse care is that they will show outward signs when they have sharp points or malocclusions in their mouth. Some of the worst mouths we have seen have been in horses with no obvious outward indications. Young Horses have softer teeth that become sharp points more rapidly. It is also best to catch a dental problem when the horse is young as many serious malocclusions (Parrot mouth/sow mouth, etc.) can be remedied with bracing or equilibrating, if found by 3months of age.
Will my horse be difficult to load because dentistry was done from a horse trailer?
Thousands of horses have had dentistry done in a trailer as many dental practitioners work out of them. All of us have repeat clients and our practices continue to grow. We have not had reports from our regular clients of loading difficulties following dentistry. The trailer provides a safe environment for the practitioner and the equine patient as the stocks support horses that need to lean during dental procedures.
Rough n' Ready Check list:
IT IS OKAY IF YOUR HORSE EATS BEFORE DENTISTRY,
WE DON'T FRET IF YOUR STEED DIDN'T FLOSS!
DON'T WORRY ABOUT THE BRUSH & CURRY COMB
OR IF RIBBONS HAVE BEEN WON, OR CHORES DONE!
BE READY NO MATTER HOW ROUGH, TO WALK YOUR HORSE/S INTO THE DENTAL TRAILER TO OBSERVE DENTAL PROCEDURES ON YOUR APPOINTMENT DAY.
Consider your barn’s activities, convenience for horses, owners, trainers to determine the best location for Dr. Allen’s Dentistry trailer.