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My Horse At The Dentist Yesterday!

If you’re a horse owner, you know with spring time.. comes a host of things to get up to date with. West Nile shots, Spring Vacinations, de-worming, and  check on your horses teeth.  I always think that Spring is the best time to haul your horse to the local vet and have them do a “once over” to make sure everything is up to par.  I like to also get a stool sample to check for parasites and sand.
Photo by Faith Martin

My horse Galeron had dropped a significant amount of weight recently and I had gotten his teeth floated a year and a half, I did NOT think it was the problem. 

But, low and behold, the vet did find some uneven wear and sharp edges on his teeth.  I guess that can happen more often than I had thought.  The problem can quickly develop into rapid weight loss as well as malnutrition from not being able to absorb the vitamins, protein and minerals they intake. So, it’s a good idea to have the vet check your horse each year. 

 While they are medicated, it’s also a good time to clean their sheath and remove any bean if needed.  Dr. Oliver was kind enough to give me a detailed lesson in how to do this…And really, it’s not so bad.

I love our local vets and have used them all at one time or another.  I have always found that the vets here are always willing to give detailed answers to questions.

Dr. Oliver spent hours with me yesterday and I felt great about getting both horses all fixed up for a fun year of riding!

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