Dentistry

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Surgical Removal of Bone Spurs Caused by Bit Damage

January 21, 2003

If your horse is tossing his head or hanging his tongue out while being ridden, going “behind the vertical,” or bearing into the bit, then bone spurs might be the reason. Bone spurs are inflammations of the membrane of fibrous connective tissue... Read More

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A Look at Dental Radiology

January 15, 2003

Easley discussed how open-mouth radiographs can be invaluable tools for the equine practitioner in the diagnosis and treatment of all types of dental abnormalities. He believes that radiology has not been used enough in the field by practitioners.... Read More

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Horseman's Day at the 2002 AAEP Convention

December 17, 2002

Horseman’s Day, held for the third time as part of the annual AAEP convention, was another rousing success. There weren’t as many people in attendance as there were in San Diego last year, but they were just as enthusiastic. AAEP officials said... Read More

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AAEP 2002 Geriatric Dentistry Table Topic

December 12, 2002

"Dental Care and Management of the Geriatric Patient" was the focus of one lunchtime Table Topic on Dec. 5, with topics ranging from diet selection to systemic illness to sedation. With veterinarians filling all seats and standing against... Read More

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Periodontal Disease in Horses

December 01, 2002

University veterinary hospitals and private practitioners have begun to treat and prevent periodontal disease in horses with a new piece of dental equipment called the Equine Dental System. The Universities of Georgia (UGa), Illinois, and... Read More

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Advances in Equine Dentistry

November 01, 2002

It often is very difficult to break free from old customs, habits, and traditions. This holds especially true in the horse world. Horsekeeping is steeped in the rich traditions of a long, colorful history. Many of these time-honored customs... Read More

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Periodontal Disease in Horses Becomes a Priority

October 30, 2002

University veterinary hospitals and private practitioners have begun to treat and prevent periodontal disease in horses with a new piece of dental equipment called the Equine Dental System. The Universities of Georgia, Illinois, and California... Read More

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Providing Care for Your Senior Horse

August 01, 2002

Technology and advances in medicine have given us tools to keep our horses alive longer.... Read More

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Don't You Stick Your Tongue Out at Me!

May 01, 2002

My 5-year-old Thoroughbred mare sticks her tongue out when I ride her, especially when asked to accept the bit... Read More

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Dental Correction and Feed Digestibility

March 13, 2002

Equine dental abnormalities are among the top five most common medical problems encountered by equine veterinarians. Clinical evidence has shown that horses with severe tooth hooks and points that were corrected gained weight... Read More

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Bits and Bitting (AAEP 2001)

February 01, 2002

"Bits and bridles are for communication," Bennett told the sizable group that gathered to hear the three-person presentation. "They are not handles to stabilize the rider in the saddle or instruments for punishing the horse."... Read More

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More Than a Toothache

October 16, 2001

Many practitioners have developed great dental skills and have expanded their dental services. However, clients aren't using them! Dental care is more that just "floating" teeth. There are many steps you can integrate into your program to improv... Read More

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Understanding Your Horse's Teeth

October 05, 2001

Horses have a unique dental structure. Their teeth are divided into two major sections: the incisors, which are the teeth seen in the front of the horse's mouth, and the cheek teeth, made up of the premolars and molars. The molars and... Read More

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Baby Teeth

March 01, 2001

Perhaps one of the most neglected aspects of equine health, until a problem manifests itself, is the monitoring and care of a young horse's baby teeth. After all, they are only temporary and are shed at various stages to make way for permanent... Read More

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Bizarre Behavior

January 01, 2001

We have a new problem with our old family pony. Pokey is a Shetland gelding that we have had since our first of five daughters was five years old. We figured he was about 10 years old in 1978 when we got him, so he is now just over 30. Pokey... Read More

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Thoughts on Equine Dentistry

January 01, 2001

I believe very few aspects of equine health care have attracted as much attention and advanced as rapidly in the past five years as the practice of equine dentistry. There have been rapid technological developments in the equipment and... Read More

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Holding Off on Treatment to "Save Money"

November 01, 2000

Often, holding off on treatment to save money in the form of vet bills results in longer, more expensive treatment, with the horse's performance or reproductive career being placed in jeopardy. ... Read More

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Health Scheduling

August 01, 2000

For first-time horse owners, getting a new horse can border on the overwhelming. You have to find a suitable boarding barn or create adequate stabling on your own property and buy tack, grooming equipment, cooling sheets and/or blankets. Yo... Read More

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Long in the Tooth

July 01, 2000

Old age treats some horses better than others. Many continue to lead happy, healthy lives well into their 30s--a little slower, maybe, with some loss of muscle tone or a bit of a swayback, but otherwise in good flesh and good spirits until... Read More

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Feeding Older Horses: Cuisine For The Golden Years

May 01, 2000

Horses which have been correctly fed all their lives are far more likely to live to a ripe old age.... Read More

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Does Your Horse Need a Dentist?

March 01, 2000

Make regular dental checkups part of your horse's scheduled maintenance.... Read More

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Equine Dental Care is More Than Just Floating Teeth

October 01, 1999

When you schedule an appointment for yourself at the dentist’s office, you usually mark off a whole afternoon on your calendar. You have X rays, get a thorough cleaning of each and every tooth, maybe get a tooth or two filled—and you almost... Read More

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Do I Need a Dental Exam For My Horse?

March 01, 1999

Q: I have a Morgan mare who, I think, might have something wrong with her teeth. What should I expect from a dental examination for my horse?... Read More

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Equine Dentistry Update

September 01, 1998

One of the oldest of adages in the horse world is, "No feet, no horse." We could add another that is just as appropriate, "No teeth, no horse." The teeth are one of the most important parts of a horse's anatomy, yet they often... Read More

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Veterinarian Indicted In Clenbuterol Smuggling Case

June 18, 1998

On May 22, 1998, a Federal grand jury indicted Dr. Jerry M. Bonham, a veterinarian from Cordell, Oklahoma, on charges of conspiring to buy illegal clenbuterol that had been smuggled into the U.S. from Canada. Dr. Bonham owns... Read More