Dentistry

Equine Dental Care

Horses have between 36-44 teeth. Like humans, horses have two sets of teeth: baby teeth and adult teeth. They will have a full set of adult teeth by age 5.

Horses require regular oral examinations and floating (filing) because sharp points can form along the edges of the teeth causing sores on the cheeks and tongue, and hooks can form on the upper or lower cheek teeth and interfere with the bite.

When your horse has its teeth floated, it will be sedated and have a dental speculum inserted into the mouth to keep the jaw open and allow the veterinarian to clearly see what is going on within the mouth. 
We use a power float to file teeth because the small surface area of the file allows us to address each tooth individually and reach into the far corners of the mouth. Dental rasps have a much larger surface area and do not allow for this level of precise care.

The goal of teeth floating is not to make all of the teeth smooth and level but to simply tackle any problem areas that may be causing the horse discomfort or pain.

 

Our philosophy is that less is more.

Dental appointments can be booked at our clinic or at your farm.

Canine Dentistry

By the age of two, periodontal disease affects roughly 80% of dogs. 
 

After your pet eats his daily meal, food particles and bacteria adhere to the teeth and gum line and form plaque. If plaque is not removed within a few days, it solidifies into a cement-like material called tartar. As more tartar builds up under the gum, the gum becomes inflamed. This inflammation is called Periodontal Disease. But Periodontal Disease doesn’t just affect the mouth: bacteria can enter the bloodstream and create health problems elsewhere in the body like the kidneys and the heart. It might be hard to believe, but failing to care for your dog’s teeth can cause big problems long term.

 

It is important to have a dental health plan for your dog. Brushing your dog's teeth daily can significantly reduce his risk of developing periodontal disease and ensure that his teeth stay healthy. Dental chews, rubber toys, and specially-formulated dental diets will also help keep plaque and tartar at bay.

 

Your veterinarian should examine your dog's teeth regularly. A dental cleaning may be necessary to stop the advance of periodontal disease. Infected teeth will also need to be removed.
We perform dental cleanings only under anesthesia.

 

Feline Dentistry

Periodontal disease also affects cats with roughly 70% of cats affected by the age of two.

Your veterinarian should examine your cat's teeth regularly. A dental cleaning may be necessary to stop the advance of periodontal disease. Infected teeth will also need to be removed.
We perform dental cleanings only under anesthesia.

Before and after dental scaling and polishing to remove tartar build-up and prevent further decay

We provide in-clinic veterinary care for horses and small animals, as well as mobile care for horses throughout the Thompson Okanagan. Emergency service is provided when the doctors are available via a 24 hr answering service. 

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