Horse Vets

Equine Dental Services - The Waikato Veterinary Equine Centre, New Zealand

Routine dental care is essential to your horse`s health. We offer comprehensive preventative and remedial dental treatments designed to increase the longevity of your animal`s teeth, maximise comfort and reduce the risk of major problems.

Proper dental care can see your horse utilise feed more efficiently, perform better even live longer. We carry out the full spectrum of dental care. Our skilled vets assess each case individually and use up-to-date knowledge and equipment and advanced dentistry techniques where required.

Most horses can be comfortably worked on unsedated, but in some cases our vets may need to use sedation to perform procedures safely and comfortably.

Young Horses
All young horses up to the age of five need six-monthly dental checks to be certain their teeth are erupting and shedding correctly. Regular dental checks can avoid problems later in the horse`s life.

Young horses shed their decidious (baby) teeth at six-month intervals until they are 4 1/2 years old and will be full-mouthed with all teeth in occlusion by five years.

Horses 5 years +
An annual examination is essential in most horses aged five years and older.

It`s critical to maintaining balance within the animal`s mouth and keeping it free of dental disease. Horse`s teeth constantly erupt and their mouths can change considerably over a year, causing significant impact on health and behavior problems.

A full oral examination highlights any existing or potential problems, including troublesome cheek-teeth abnormalities. These can be corrected to prevent any problems later on.

Clinical signs associated with dental disease

Weight loss, despite a good appetite in some cases.

Failure to gain weight.

Dribbling Grain

Exaggerated jaw rolling while eating.

Bad Breath

Discharge from the nostrils

Swellings on the lower or upper jaw

Loss of appetite or refusal to eat

Head tossing


Hanging on one rein

Equine Dental Services - The Waikato Veterinary Equine Centre

Address:Waikato Equine Veterinary Services, 11 Pickering Road, RD 1 Cambridge 3493, Email: Phone: (07) 827 5570

Equine Dental Services - The Waikato Veterinary Equine Centre, New Zealand