Equine Dentistry Clinic to be Hosted by Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital

Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital, located in Lexington, Ky., will host an equine dentistry clinic from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 29 in the Rood & Riddle Podiatry building. Horse owners are invited to schedule an appointment for their horse or horses to have an oral exam by Brad Tanner, DVM, at no charge. After the examination, any recommended procedures will be explained and discussed with owner, and performed only with the owner’s permission. Each appointment will provide adequate time to complete routine dental floating or other minor procedures. If more extensive dental work is required, it will be scheduled for another time. Payment is required at the time of service for routine dental floating or any other procedures performed during the clinic. Owners participating in the dentistry clinic will receive discount coupons on purchases from the Rood & Riddle Veterinary Pharmacy.

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Dr. Brad Tanner will perform any recommended dental procedures during the Rood & Riddle Dentistry Clinic Jan. 29.

Dentistry is an important part of the overall health and well-being of the horse. Routine dental re-equilibration (floating) performed by a knowledgeable and experienced practitioner can alleviate pain and prevent many dental disorders. It is recommended that adult horses have their teeth "floated" once per year and that horses younger than 5 have teeth “floated” twice per year. In younger horses it is important to evaluate the development of permanent teeth as well as the shedding of immature teeth (caps). Geriatric horses have their own special needs and should be evaluated annually or more often if colic, choke or other medical concerns arise.

Advanced dentistry techniques have become a primary focus in Dr. Tanner's practice since joining Rood & Riddle in 2005. Through continuing education, he regularly adds to his knowledge base, and expands dentistry services at Rood & Riddle. With the use of modern power instruments he is able to correct numerous abnormalities and perform routine procedures providing short, pain free experiences for the horse. Dr. Tanner's interest in performance horses greatly influenced his focus in dentistry. Head carriage and poll flexion are important in multiple sport horse disciplines and cannot be achieved without an equilibrated mouth.

After addressing their horse's oral health, owners will also have the opportunity to discuss nutritional needs of their horse. Alltech will be in attendance with information and free samples of LIFEFORCE, a natural, scientifically-proven supplement that promotes overall digestive health, supports immune function, and optimizes performance. Hallway Feeds will also have representatives available for nutritional consultation.

Oral exams at the Equine Dentistry Clinic are by appointment only and must be scheduled by Thursday, Jan. 27. To schedule your appointment or receive additional information, please phone Charlotte Chilton at 859/233-0371 or contact by e-mail to cchilton@roodandriddle.com.

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