"With dental care as a priority, horses are physically more comfortable and utilize feed more efficiently which helps them to perform better and may also lead to longer, healthier lives.”
Horses do not usually develop cavities in their teeth. Instead, dental infections usually begin at the root of the tooth and are often preceded by gum infection which leads to an abscess.
"When feeding a horse with no teeth or with very severe tooth damage, feed a slurry of complete pelleted feed and/or mashed alfalfa pellets, and add in some long stemmed soft leafy alfalfa hay because horses without teeth will still want to chew on fiber.”
”By the time a horse begins to loose weight, drop feed from the mouth while chewing, or show other signs of dental problems, any issues with the horse's mouth are quite advanced.”
Read to learn about changes in dental practices by equine dentists and veterinarians who now care for your horse's teeth with less risk, less pain, and more comfort.
Although the mention of wolf teeth may bring visions of werewolf fangs, wolf teeth in horses are drastically different. Learn about these troublesome teeth and how to spot them in your horse.
Requirements for equine dentists and technicians vary from state to state. Read to learn the requirements in your state.
Read to learn how changes in the ways domestic horses are fed affects their mouths and teeth and what you can do to prevent devastating dental problems.
With the growing demand for horse dental care, non-veterinary technicians are practicing in different areas of the country. Read to learn about criteria for "horse dentists" so you can make informed decisions about what's best for your horse.
An equine dentist is an important part of your horse's healthcare team. In most cases, your veterinarian will be trained to take care of dental issues, but if not, use these tips to find a good equine dentist to care for your horse.