Every horse should have a thorough physical and dental exam annually. The mouth in particular is assessed for issues with teeth such as points, soft tissue structures such as growths or ulcers, and bite alignment. South County Animal Hospital is equipped with advanced equine dentistry instruments including a state-of-the-art power equilibrator (float), heavy-duty stainless speculum, CO2 laser for minor oral surgery, x-ray unit, and equipment allowing for minor extractions such as wolf teeth. The introduction of the PowerFloat to South County allows our veterinarians to concentrate on high quality large animal dentistry rather than merely floating teeth. In just a matter of 6 to 8 minutes the average horse’s dental needs are fully accomplished in a precise and gentle manner.
Using sedation, a dental speculum and a dental halter with a Versabrite light source, a veterinarian is able to show clients what dental corrections are necessary. PowerFloat dental procedures can be completed without causing trauma to the oral mucosa. The head of the tool is designed to allow entry to all necessary areas of the mouth. Even the rear molar hooks and ramps can be successfully reduced in just seconds. The guarded abrasive surface is engineered so that the operator does not have to hold the tongue or cheek out of way while the teeth are being floated. These procedures can be performed either at our facilities or yours by our ambulatory services.
Equine Dentistry Services Provided at South County Animal Hospital:
- Equilibration (Floating)
- Minor Oral Surgery
- Dental X-Rays
- Minor Extractions