Regular Equine Dental Care

Updated: May 26, 2020

Coming into our dry QLD winter and we all know it gets that little bit harder to keep weight on our horses.

Ensure you are doing everything possible for the health and comfort of your horse and to minimise wastage of precious feed. Make sure your horses are up to date with having their teeth thoroughly examined and floated (if needed) by an Equine Dental Vet.

As well as just making sure they are done annually, make sure you are also on the look out for the following signs of dental pain in between annual visits:

  • Dropping feed - small amounts or larger balls (called quidding)

  • Dropping weight despite being on good feed.

  • Chewing abnormally. Remember horses chew in a round, more circular motion, not up and down like us. Ask your vet to show you a normal excursion motion next time you have them out.

  • Diarrhoea or mild colic

  • Behaving poorly when ridden - head tossing, chewing the bit, bit resistance to one side, tongue protrusion.

  • Check faeces for increased fibre length.

  • Teeth can need doing more frequently depending on the horse (age, diet, history, anatomy, traumatic events)

If you see any of the above, book in one of our equine dental vets as soon as possible to get your horse back to performing at their best!

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