Equine Dentistry

Performing routine/preventative equine dentistry and treating equine dental pathology is Dr Jackson's primary role.

Being a qualified veterinarian, she is also happy to answer any queries relating to the health and well-being of your horse.

Equine Dentistry Services

Dr Jackson most commonly performs:

  • Routine equine dental floating - removing the sharp enamel points that develop over time as well as reducing/ removing hooks, wavemouths and excessive transverse ridges if they are present.
  • Treatment of incisor abnormalities
  • Treatment of periodontal disease

See Case Studies section for more information about common equine dental problems.

Even though routine equine dentistry should not be painful for the horse, horses are given mild sedation, which includes a powerful analgesic. This reduces stress on horses and owners!

For more extensive procedures that may be painful, Dr Jackson uses strong systemic analgesics and local anaesthetic. The comfort of your horse is her top priority.

Other Equine Veterinary Services

  • Drenching - Oil drenches with or without wormer. Oil drenches help prevent sand colic
  • Vaccinations - Tetanus and strangles
  • General equine health checks
  • Microchipping
  • Liver fluke drenches
  • Arthritis treatments/preventions - Pentosan/Cartrophen

Dr Jackson practises equine dentistry and does not attend patients out of hours. For all equine veterinary emergencies, please call your nearest emergency centre.

How often should my horse see the dentist?

We recommend a dental checkup at least every 12 months, and every 6 months for young horses (less than 7-8 years old) as their teeth are softer and develop sharp enamel points sooner. This helps catch dental problems early and treat them before they become serious.

If there are dental problems, treatment may need to be more frequent. Dr Jackson will discuss with you the ideal treatment program for your horse.

How can I tell if my horse has teeth problems?

As horses are prey animals they tend to hide problems until they are quite severe! However, signs that there are dental problems include dropping feed, taking longer to finish their feed and undigested feed in the faeces. There may also be signs when riding like tossing their heads when pressure is applied to the reins, reluctance to accept the bit and reluctance to round up/collect.

The best way to avoid dental problems affecting your horse’s health is to have regular dental checkups.