Armani’s Unexpected Dental

This handsome horse is Armani. Armani was scheduled for an initial chiropractic evaluation and treatment. But wait! He’s standing in the dental unit sedated!! During his evaluation it was determined that Armani’s teeth were more of a priority than bodywork as the imbalances and sharp points would have precluded a good response to manipulative therapy. This is why a thorough initial...
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A Big Dental on a Little Mini

Jordy’s Dental   Jordy the mini had no history of problems and wasn’t showing any signs of needing a dental. His owners decided he ought to be checked out since he gets used for driving a cart. And it is a good thing they called Dr. Debra! Jordy had terrible ramps with about a 1″ prow on the lower first cheek tooth both sides. (Dr. Debra forgot to take the picture before she...
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Dually’s Dental

Dually is a 15-year-old Quarter Horse gelding that lives in Bellingham, WA and one of the horses we saw for dentistry while up in Washington State. He had been a breeding stallion when he was young, with around 15 horses on the ground from him. One of those is a 13-year-old mare, Ruby, who also received dental care during the visit. Neither horse had dental work done in 5-7 years . Dually had...
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Duchess’ Dental

Duchess is one of Dr. Debra’s new patients. She is a 3 year old mustang from Queen Creek, AZ. Duchess had a dental exam yesterday during which Dr. Debra found an aberrant tooth growing out toward the lower lip and hooking the lip, causing pain. The tooth had a 2″ root growing along and into the lower...
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Equine Partial Mandibulectomy in Florence

Meet Bo… Dr. Debra arrived to a client in Florence, AZ where she thought she was doing a dental on an older horse with loose teeth – but it actually was a jaw with multiple fractures. She ended up doing a partial mandibulectomy (jaw amputation)! Bo was still eating but not quite as heartily so it wasn’t noticed for about a week or so. He just happened to open his mouth where...
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Why are Routine Dentals Important?

Proper, routine dental care is very important for a horse to remain healthy and pain free as well as stay at peak performance and maintain chiropractic releases. A horse’s upper jaw is about 30% wider than the lower jaw which allows them to maximize their chewing efficiency. However, this leads to formation of sharp enamel points which can cause discomfort to the horse when eating or when...
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