Dentistry

Routine dental check ups have become an established part of the management of horses.

When do horses first need treatment?
Generally speaking the best time to examine a horse for the first time is just prior to introducing the bit.  Wolf teeth may be identified which sometimes require removal and any other abnormalities discussed.

How often should they be checked?
Before the age of 8 years the teeth are erupting at their fastest rate and 6 monthly checks are advised.  Routine annual check ups after this time should be sufficient.

What will the vet do?
A thorough examination using a head light and a specialist piece of equipment called a Hausmann Speculumar (gag) will provide a detailed map of your horses teeth.  Sharp edges called 'enamel points' are identified and removed along with any overgrowths such as hooks on the front or back teeth.  Sharp points can lead to ulcers at the cheeks or tongue which are irritant especially when ridden.
Sedation can be given to facilitate treatment if the horse has sharp/painful mouth or is nervous of treatment.
The priority i s to perform a thorough and safe dental assessment and treatment.

Will the horse need time off?
After a routine rasp there is generally no need for the horse to have time off.  The exception to this is when an extraction has been performed. 

Routine dental check ups have become an established part of the management of horses.

When do horses first need treatment?
Generally speaking the best time to examine a horse for the first time is just prior to introducing the bit.  Wolf teeth may be identified which sometimes require removal and any other abnormalities discussed.

How often should they be checked?
Before the age of 8 years the teeth are erupting at their fastest rate and 6 monthly checks are advised.  Routine annual check ups after this time should be sufficient.

What will the vet do?
A thorough examination using a head light and a specialist piece of equipment called a Hausmann Speculumar (gag) will provide a detailed map of your horses teeth.  Sharp edges called 'enamel points' are identified and removed along with any overgrowths such as hooks on the front or back teeth.  Sharp points can lead to ulcers at the cheeks or tongue which are irritant especially when ridden.
Sedation can be given to facilitate treatment if the horse has sharp/painful mouth or is nervous of treatment.
The priority i s to perform a thorough and safe dental assessment and treatment.

Will the horse need time off?
After a routine rasp there is generally no need for the horse to have time off.  The exception to this is when an extraction has been performed. 

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Ballyclare Hospital
75 Ballynure Road
Ballyclare
BT39 9AG
028 9332 2223

Abbey Clinic
163 Doagh Road
Whiteabbey
BT36 6AA
028 9036 5573
Cavehill Clinic
136 Cavehill Road
Belfast
BT15 5BU
028 9071 8134

Carrick Clinic
Unit 1 Victoria Road,
Shopping Centre,
Carrickfergus, 
BT38 7JE