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February is National Pet Dental Health Month!

Stone Ridge Animal Clinic has been busy cleaning dogs and cats teeth this month, and it has us thinking about our horses’ dental health. Even though we do not necessarily “clean” horse’s teeth, like we do with our dogs and cats it is still equally important to have a dental exam performed once to twice a year.

A horse’s permanent tooth is about four inches long from root to crown. The teeth do not lie flat on each other, the upper teeth hang over on the cheek side of the lower teeth. As your horse chews the sides can wear unevenly causing sharp points and hooks. These points and hooks can cause discomfort and sores in the horse’s mouth. It is recommended to float your horse’s teeth once a year to smooth down all sharp points and hooks.

When a horse’s teeth needs floated the horse will often drop large amounts of grain while eating. It may also hold its head to the side while chewing to try and only chew from one side. Weight loss and remnants of partially chewed hay are also signs the teeth may be causing the horse discomfort.

Keep a dental health exam in mind while scheduling your annual vaccinations and fecal tests this spring!

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  • Penny King, Oblong IL

    I can’t say enough about Dr. Stone & his staff. They go above & beyond & take the extra mile to take care of your horses needs. They really care about what your horse really needs.

    They have been up all night with emergency colic surgery with a positive outcome. They saved a foal that was born three weeks early. I can’t even begin to tell everything we have been thru together. But I can tell you one thing, they don’t come any better than Dr. Stone & his staff. They are like family to our horses & us.”