McKee-Pownall Equine Services | Dentistry

By: McKee-Pownal  09-12-2011

Horses can suffer from many dental disorders that can affect feed utilization, performance, and general well-being. An annual dental visit that includes a thorough examination and tooth floating if necessary will ensure optimal dental performance.

Comprehensive Dental Services

We are equipped to offer routine oral health care in addition to the following dental services:

  • Dental X-rays to identify infected and diseased teeth, retained wolf tooth fragments, sinus diseases, and tumours.
  • Extraction of loose and diseased teeth
  • Geriatric horse dentistry
  • Miniature horse dentistry
  • Performance dentistry including bit seats
  • Corrective floating on abnormal and deformed mouths with problems like parrot mouths, waves and sheared incisors
  • A dental evaluation form with description of abnormalities and work performed for you to keep. This form is also entered in our medical records so we can track your horse's progress on subsequent visits

The Value of Veterinary Dentistry

Be Wary of Lay Dentistry

We have recently become aware that lay-people are offering cut-rate tooth floating services in local boarding stables. Although this seems like a cheap way to address your horse's dental maintenance, however, In Ontario, it is illegal to perform dentistry on a horse without veterinary supervision. Certain individuals have been imprisoned for failing to respect this law.

There are several issues that need to be clarified in this situation. Specifically, lay dentists do not:

  • Perform a thorough oral examination
  • Use a speculum to visualize and give access to the rear teeth
  • Use sedation to ease anxiety and smooth the process
  • Give any pain control when it is needed
  • Have specialized training to identify and safely treat dental abnormalities

As well, lay dentists can not:

  • Prescribe drugs to treat oral infections
  • Take x-rays of the jaw when indicated
  • Perform extractions, or if they do, no sedation or nerve blocks are performed beforehand
  • Offer insurance protection: if anything should go wrong, most horse insurance policies will be void because the procedure was not performed by a veterinarian

Veterinary Dentistry at McKee-Pownall Equine Services

The veterinarians at McKee-Pownall have a special interest in dentistry and actively pursue continuing education on the subject.

We are often "second in" on horses that have floated with hand equipment and no speculum, and typically discover many deficiencies on proper examination. Hand floating done by unqualified individuals may seem like a good way to save money, but can have damaging consequences for your horse's health and well being.


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