Handle Senior Horse Dental Care With Diligence
Despite widely held beliefs that horses’ teeth grow throughout their entire lives, the truth is they do “expire.” With an estimated 88% of horses over 20 years of age diagnosed with dental disease, veterinarians must be sure to maintain these patients differently than their younger counterparts.
During the 2018 American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention, held Dec. 1-5 in San Francisco, California, Apryle A. Horbal, VMD, MRCVS, from University Veterinary Equine, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, described challenges associated with managing older horses’ teeth.
Horbal said the main dental goal for any horse, especially geriatric ones, is to preserve oral health and any remaining teeth–particularly by avoiding overfloating. This helps preserve dentition the horse can chew (masticate) adequately to support his energy demands and maintain
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