Your horse’s dental care is essential to its health. Regular dental examinations and floating are important to maintaining or improving feed efficiency, performance, and comfort of the horse. While every horse benefits from dentistry throughout its lifetime, it is even more important for performance horses. With proper sedation and an oral speculum for full visualization of the mouth, we perform a complete examination of the oral cavity and develop a plan for floating or determine if additional diagnostics such as x-ray are needed. For the ‘float’, our veterinarians use a variety of motorized dental tools to ensure that the horse’s mouth is balanced and free of sharp enamel points that can ulcerate the cheeks and tongue. Routine dental work can be performed on the farm or at our clinic. If further treatment is required, such as tooth extraction or other periodontal therapy, we recommend bringing your horse to the clinic.
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For routine care of performance horses, we recommend a dental examination and float at least once every 12 months. Some horses require more or less frequent floats, depending on their age and natural mouth conformation. Dental problems are always easier to address and often have a better outcome when they are diagnosed and treated early, which makes routine exams an essential part of your horse’s health care.
Beadle Lake Veterinary Clinic
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7115 Tower Road, Battle Creek, MI 49014
Hours:Monday and Friday 8AM to 5PM
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 8AM to 4PM
Saturday 8AM to 12PM
Emergency Services Available 24/7