Premier Equine Veterinary Service is your trusted source for equine dentistry. We offer the largest service area for equine dental care in Illinois. Caring for your horse’s teeth is vitally important. Unfortunately, many horse owners don’t recognize the warning signs that their horse may have a problem with their teeth — and by then it has become a larger problem! This is why our advanced equine veterinarians recommend that your horse’s teeth are checked twice a year, when spring and fall vaccinations are administered.
Early Warning Signs to Watch For
Even with regular checkups, a horse can develop problems with its teeth suddenly. Here are some warning signs that it’s time for a visit to a certified and highly trained horse dentist:
- Difficulty chewing
- Food falling from the mouth while eating
- Undigested feed in manure
- Behavior changes like head tossing or fighting the bit
- Foul breath
- Facial swelling
- Sudden changes in body condition
If you notice any of these changes, call us to schedule an appointment as soon as possible.
Equine Dentistry Services We Provide
An equine dentistry exam from one of our specialists begins with a thorough examination of the horse’s oral cavity. The horse dentist will check for problems such as ulceration of the cheeks and tongue (caused by the teeth), periodontal (gum) disease, excessive growth of certain teeth, and missing or cracked teeth.
Horses should also have their teeth floated once a year. We use Power Floats under sedation to achieve this. Power Floats use a circular motion that is gentler on the horse and more advanced than the older hand floats, which used a back-and-forth motion. Most of the maintenance and corrections that can be done to a horse’s teeth are achieved through the use of Power Floats, such as tooth extractions.
Contact Us for Equine Dentistry Services
The most important thing to do if you notice a problem with your horse’s teeth is to call for an exam right away. If you wait to see if the horse gets better on its own, chances are that a mild problem will become much worse. Call us at 888-860-0244 for fast, friendly and gentle equine dentistry services.