The Importance of Equine Dental Flotation
As a horse owner and lover, you want nothing more than to preserve the health and vitality of your beloved animal. At Michael J. Suit, DVM, a Loveland equine veterinarian we feel the same way. That’s why we offer equine dental flotation along with a full range of equine dental and healthcare services.
Why Your Horse’s Dental Health Is So Important
The dental care of your horse is much more important than you might think. Quality equine dental care can also protect your animal’s health and alert you and your veterinarian to other possible health problems.
Other conditions often associated with dental or periodontal disease can include serious disorders of the heart muscle, the kidneys, and liver. That’s why your horse needs an annual exam and dental services that can include cleaning and repair, adjustments, extractions, and the floating of your horse’s teeth.
What Is Equine Dental Flotation?
“Floating” involves maintaining your horse’s teeth so they can chew and digest food properly for proper digestion. The upper jaw of a horse is wider than the lower jaw. This misalignment affects the chewing motion and can result in teeth that get worn unevenly. When this happens, they do a poor job of chewing food. This, in turn, can result in digestive problems that cause the horse to not get enough proper nutrients as it feeds. Regular dental flotation will keep your horse’s teeth flat, maintaining proper digestion while also protecting the mouth against the damage that jagged, sharp teeth can often cause.
How Equine Flotation Works
The first step is to insert an instrument in your horse’s mouth that will keep it open during the procedure. Then, another tool, known as a float, is used to gently file your animal’s upper and lower teeth until they are flat as they should be.
Don’t worry. Your horse will feel no pain during this procedure.
Ambulatory Care and Other Services Offered
Other services we provide include your horse’s vaccines, comprehensive wellness care, and diagnosis of illness and injuries. The equipment we carry also includes the latest in digital radiography and an ambulatory truck that is taken into the field. There’s no need for you to load and haul your sick animal to a clinic.
We can also serve your equine healthcare needs with late-night emergency care in Loveland as well as in the Berthoud, Estes Park, and Fort Collins areas.
Make Contact Today
We’re happy to be able to meet the routine and emergency healthcare and dental needs of your horse. Give your Loveland equine veterinarian practice a call today to set up your first appointment with Michael J. Suit, DVM, LLC. We invite you to make initial contact by using this online sign-up form or by calling our practice at 970-218-7947!