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How To Recognize Your Horse's Dental Problems

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  • Horse teeth problems
  • Horses excess saliva not eating dropping food

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    07-08-2012, 01:56 AM
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Foal
How To Recognize Your Horse's Dental Problems

It's important to keep your horses teeth healthy, it is recommended that horses over 5 years old should get the teeth checked annually, younger horses should get their teeth checked twice a year, this isn't always cheap so by reading the list of signs below this could help you decide if your horse needs a check-up from your vet or horse dentist.

Signs that your horse could need a check-up:

1. Dropping food while eating, difficulty chewing or excessive salivation.

2. Loss of body condition.

3. Large or undigested feed particles (long stems or whole grain) in manure.

4. Head tilting or tossing, bit chewing, tongue lolling, fighting the bit or resisting bridling.

5. Poor performance, such as lugging on the bridle, failure to turn or stop, even bucking.

6. Foul odor from mouth or nostrils, traces of blood from mouth.

7. Nasal discharge or swelling of the face, jaw or mouth tissues.

I hope this helps. Sorry if there is any spelling mistakes.
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    07-08-2012, 02:41 AM
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I'd like to add a comment to your very nice post; simply a note of caution not to overfloat. A good honest vet or dental tech will not float unnecessarily just to pad their pockets.
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    07-08-2012, 06:17 AM
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Originally Posted by DRichmond    
I'd like to add a comment to your very nice post; simply a note of caution not to overfloat. A good honest vet or dental tech will not float unnecessarily just to pad their pockets.
Thank you, Hopefully no vet or horse dentist would do that.
     
    07-08-2012, 06:26 AM
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Trained
When I take my horse's to get a Coggins pulled, I have the vet check their teeth, he hasn't charged me for an examine. He also realizes if they need a float, I take them to another vet in a different town as that one is a specialist & powerfloats. I respect this local vet for that.
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    07-08-2012, 06:33 AM
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Originally Posted by waresbear    
When I take my horse's to get a Coggins pulled, I have the vet check their teeth, he hasn't charged me for an examine. He also realizes if they need a float, I take them to another vet in a different town as that one is a specialist & powerfloats. I respect this local vet for that.
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Sounds like you have a really good vet.
     

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