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Why Us

Why Choose Felix Equine Dentistry?

Felix Equine Dentistry has the ability to provide the best of both worlds; a practice that is limited to dentistry but performed by a veterinarian. 

Additional Benefits:

  • 14 years of equine dental experience
  • Greater convenience in scheduling (as both a veterinarian and dentist are not necessary)
  • Administration of necessary sedation and other medicinals

This means that when you use Felix Equine Dentistry, you will have all of your horses dental needs met, with the latest in equipment and technology, and you will also have the benefits of using a veterinarian to administer sedation and provide the best care for your horse.

Why is Dentistry Needed for Your Horse

Due to the unique nature of equine dentition, many dental abnormalities or malocclusions arise in horses mouths.  Some of the most common problems found are:

  • Sharp enamel points that cause ulceration in the cheeks and tongue
  • Wave mouth
  • Step mouth
  • Hooks and ramps
  • Retained deciduous teeth
  • Foreign bodies
  • Fractured tooth/teeth

If these problems are not addressed, one or more of the following are likely to occur:

  • Pain & discomfort
  • Resistance to the bit and rider & other performance issues
  • Decreased ability to properly chew feed
  • Weight loss
  • Colic
  • Esophageal obstruction (“choke”)
  • Periodontal disease
  • Dental Caries
  • Tooth fracture
  • Tooth loss
  • And many other problems

Ideal Age Related Dental Schedule for Your Horse

  • <4 mos. of age: Initial dental exam to identify severe maloclussions necessitating early treatment
  • 2 to 5 years old: Dental Exam Every 6 Months
  • 6 years to mid-teens: Dental Exam Annually
  • Mid-teens and Up: Dental Exam Every 6 Months to 1 Year (Depending on Individual)