Dental care is not only important for humans, dogs and cats, but also for horses as well. Horses need a lot of nutritious foods and calories throughout the day and even more if they are being worked. If a horse is suffering from a dental issue such as tooth pain, jaw pain or gum pain, they will not eat properly and could easily become weak and sick. A horse’s anatomy is different from other animals due to the fact that their lower jaw is smaller and narrower than their upper jaw. This can cause sharp points to form along the edges of the teeth due to the grinding done while chewing. These points can potentially cut the inside structures of the horse’s mouth and cause extreme pain. Dental floating is the practice of filing down these points to keep the inside of the mouth from being cut by the teeth.
Please call Miss-Lou Veterinary Hospital for more information on dental floating.