McDavitt Veterinary Clinic

Dentistry


Most horses need regular preventative dental care every six months to one year. Unlike people, horses' teeth erupt continuously. Dental problems such as sharp enamel points, missing teeth, retained deciduous teeth, or malocclusions may lead to health issues and behavioral problems.  Early identification and proper treatment of abnormalities is essential to optimal dental health.
 
Clinical signs that may indicate dental abnormalities include: loss of food while eating, difficulty chewing, excess salivation, loss of body condition, undigested food particles in manure, head tilting or tossing, bitting problems, foul odor from the mouth, traces of blood in the mouth, nasal discharge, and swelling of the face. Some horses may not show noticeable signs of dental pathology until the disease is quite advanced, and thus less amenable to treatment.  Therefore, routine dental examinations by a veterinarian are recommended.

We utilize advanced dentistry techniques with power dental equipment for optimal dental care for your horse.