Tips and Info ­ Equine Veterinary and Dental Services

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Colic is a word that strikes fear into the heart of any horse owner. And rightly so, as it remains the number one killer of horses today.

Virtually any horse is susceptible to colic, with age, sex and breed differences seeming to make little difference predisposing a horse to this condition.

It is important to note that some horses might show no noticeable signs because they simply adapt to their discomfort. This is why it is important to have an annual dental checkup with your vet.

Contact us if you notice any behaviour that you that seems strange, as early intervention is always better and cheaper than attempting to recitfy a problem with your horse later on. Check our list here for symptoms you should keep an eye out for.

Most leaders in the field agree that it is not possible to perform a thorough examination and correction without substantial sedation. Whilst the procedures are usually not painful, they can cause many horses to become apprehensive. Modern sedatives are relatively safe and allow the horse to relax so that the work can be done effectively and without stress to the horse.

Equine dentists are still not legally allowed to administer anaesthetics or sedatives...