Like most folks from Kentucky, we love our horses! The team at Snodgrass Veterinary Medical Center is proud to offer a wide range of comprehensive and affordable equine veterinary services, including equine dental care.
Your full-grown horse has up to 44 teeth! Comparatively, humans only have 32.
A healthy horse mouth has pink gums and cream-colored teeth, often with dark streaks (plant pigment from a horse's diet naturally changes tooth color).
Are you putting on your horse's bit properly? While it may touch your horse's tongue and corners of the mouth, a bit should never come in contact with your horse's teeth. The hard metal equipment can damage delicate tooth enamel, which may be painful for your horse.
It's important to get to know your horse's mouth, so that you can catch early signs of a potential dental health problem. Having your horse regularly examined by our equine veterinarian in Bowling Green is also a helpful way to promote prevention and early detection of disease.
All horses should receive equine dental care on a routine basis, even if their teeth, mouth, and gums are healthy. Maintaining your horse's dental health can improve your horse's longevity and prevent many other health problems that are known to be related to poor oral health and hygiene, including malnutrition, weight loss, and tooth pain.
It's especially important to have your horse's mouth examined by an equine veterinarian if you notice any of the following signs or symptoms:
Redness and/or inflammation along the gums, near the base of your horse's teeth
Difficulty chewing or swallowing
Increased or excessive salivation
Unprocessed and/or large plant fibers in your horse's excrement
Unexpected weight loss
Abnormal behaviors associated with bit wear or eating, including head shaking, head tilting, and resisting the bit
Dr. Stan Snodgrass, DVM, has been providing equine dental care to horses in Bowling Green and surrounding Kentucky communities for nearly three decades. His goal is to prevent and treat disease, maximize oral health and integrity, and help all pet owners become the most educated they can be.
At your horse's equine dental exam, yon can expect services including:
External face examination
Teeth, mouth, and gum inspection
Treatment, including techniques to reduce sharp enamel points
Our dedicated team of veterinarians at Snodgrass Veterinary Medical Center wants every horse to live a long, healthy, happy life. If your horse is in need of a dental exam or if you'd like to learn more about our veterinary services with our equine veterinarian in Bowling Green, Dr. Stan Snodgrass, call us today. We look forward to hearing from you!