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Dental Care

Dental Anatomy: Part 2

June 2014

Why is it important to learn about the internal workings of the horse’s head? How does equine anatomy differ from human?  Dr Shannon Lee from Advanced Equine Dentistry explains that a lack of understanding of equine anatomy amongst horse owners can have serious welfare consequences.

Dental Anatomy: Part 1

May 2014

Why is it important to learn about the internal workings of the horse’s head? How do equine teeth differ from human teeth?  Dr Shannon Lee from Advanced Equine Dentistry explains that a lack of understanding amongst horse owners can have serious welfare consequences. Introduction  Anatomy is the branch of scientific study concerned with the function or internal workings of bodily structures, particularly as revealed by dissection. 

Sinus Disease

November 2013

How many times in your life have you suffered from the common cold or flu? Colds and flu involve infection and inflammation of your sinuses, the hollow areas of the head connected to your nasal cavity. Snotty noses and all those other symptoms that make you feel miserable are fairly common in horses. Without a thorough investigation, diagnosis and treatment of the underlying cause, sinus disease can become chronic, and will severely limit the horse’s health and performance.

Pre-purchase Dentals

September 2013

One of the first things many owners do after they purchase a new horse is organise a dental check. Would it not make a lot more sense to have a thorough pre-purchase dental exam and determine any potential issues before you part with your hard-earned money?

Pain and Stress free dental exams

August 2013

When your horse has dental work done, it shouldn’t matter whether he is a valuable finely tuned competitive horse, a brood mare, a paddock mate, or the pony that safely guides your child around the gymkhana on a Sunday; the last thing you want is to cause your horse pain, or make him suffer. Whenever a dental exam or dental procedure needs to be carried out in a horse, unless adequate pain relief including nerve block are used the horse feels everything, just like we do.

Big head impact on dental care

June 2013

Anyone living in an area where horse’s are affected by Big Head should read this article carefully. Nutritional Secondary Hyperparathyroidism or “Big Head” affects the mineralisation of tissues including the facial bones, lower jaw and the teeth. By the time your horse displays visible signs of the disease, serious changes have occurred that are lifelong. Initially the first visible sign of a problem may be lumps or bumps on your horse’s head.

The importance of dental care for older horses

April 2013

It has often been remarked ‘no feet no horse’ and it is equally true to say ‘no teeth no horse’. As horses are now living longer and as we have more and more geriatric horses it is important to understand the dental needs of older horses.   Horses have a different type of tooth to humans, one that is designed to wear down over time, so the teeth of horses have a lifespan and as horses reach their twenties and thirties their teeth will begin to wear down.

Dental Care impacts on Stallion Fertility

February 2013

From miniatures to draft breeds, working stallions require regular dental examinations and dental care to identify and treat dental disease. Serious dental disease in stallions can present in a range of different ways from no outward sign at all, through to serious weight loss, bad breath and performance issues when ridden. Hard working and performance stallions need to be able comfortably consume enough feed to maintain optimum condition through the breeding season.

Dental care and cushings

December 2012

All horses need regular dental care, and this especially true of older horses. Older horses (like older people) undergo changes in their metabolism and often undergo changes in body shape. When older horses lose weight it can be very hard to regain and the impact that dental disease has on losing condition can be severe.

Dental Problems of the Young Horse

November 2012

Advances in dental veterinary practice mean that congenital dental abnormalities such as malocclusion (parrot and sow mouth), cleft palate and wry nose, which severely affect a horse’s ability to graze efficiently, can now be corrected.


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