Equine Yearly Physicals
Yearly physical and dental examinations allow us to ensure the health of your equine companion. A thorough physical examination should be performed once a year to trach changes in weight, heart rate, gastrointestinal motility, joint health, etc. Palpation of limbs and digital pulses can alert a veterinarian to subclinical disease processes like arthritis, laminitis, or an abscess - all of which are treated differently. Early detection of problems allows for earlier treatment of disease and a more positive outcome for all involved.
Yearly dental examinations allow veterinarians to determine if and when a horse needs his teeth floated. Horses possess teeth with long roots that continuously grow to replace tooth that has been ground down by chewing hay and grass. Because horses grind their teeth to break foodinto smaller, more digestible pieces, they are prone to develop points or sharp edges on the outside surface of their upper teeth and the inside surface of their lower teeth. When significant points develop, the horse is at risk for ulcerations and lacerations to their tongue and cheeks or pain when a bit is placed in their mouth. Good oral examinations are also important to determine if there are any diseased (rotten) or broken teeth. Some horses will allow an examination without sedation, however many need sedation and an oral speculum to determine if there are any diseased/broken molars or other oral abnormalities.