Sedation, Anaesthesia

Sedation, Anaesthesia

With Dr Chris Quinn

Sometimes as part of caring for your horse, your vet may recommend sedation or anaesthesia to allow another procedure to be performed safely. 

In this article, Dr Chris Quinn, a lecturer in veterinary anaesthesia at Charles Sturt University will discuss why a horse may need to be sedated or anaesthetised; the methods by which horses can be sedated and anaesthetised; and how vets make this as safe as...

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Congenital Dental Abnormalities

Congenital Dental Abnormalities

From an early age, dental issues can severely affect a horse’s ability to graze and socialise. However, if detected early, congenital dental abnormalities, such as malocclusion (parrot and sow mouth), cleft palate and wry nose, can be corrected.

Advances in equine dentistry hold great promise in correcting what would otherwise be detrimental conditions. For those breeding and raising young horses, it’s crucial that you learn to recognise the signs of dental...

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First Dental for the Young Horse

First Dental for the Young Horse

When should my horse have his first dental exam?

It’s a common enough question in the horse industry and, while many people will actually offer an opinion, they may not have taken the time to become well informed.

In this article, Equine Dental Vet Dr Shannon Lee answers this question and explains why, when it comes to dental care, you need to monitor, care for and manage your young horses from a...

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What's In That Mouth?

What's In That Mouth?

As a vet with experience when it comes to looking inside horses' mouths, little would surprise me when it comes to what I might find in there.

seems, however, I can’t state and repeat enough that horses, being by their very nature an animal that is both curious and cautious, are ofen prone to both oral injury and the ingestion of unusual or foreign objects. And all the while, in many...

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Dental X-Rays

Dental X-Rays

This month, Dr Shannon Lee, talks about the important role of dental x-rays, outlining why x-rays are commonly used in veterinary denistry, so that horse owners can better understand the process, technology and benefits for their own horses undergoing treatment.

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The Evolution of the Horse

The Evolution of the Horse

The modern horse comes in many shapes, sizes and styles. However, it may surprise some people to know that modern horses (Equus Caballus) encompass all breeds - from Miniature horses through to large breeds like the Suffolk Punch, Clydesdale and Percheron. Therefore, they all share the same grass-based diet, and the same dental structure. Dr Shannon Lee digs into the details.

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Not Like Pulling Teeth

Not Like Pulling Teeth

‘Pulling a tooth’ is a term that needs to change. If you’ve been around horses, chances are you will at some point hear someone say ‘my horse had to have a tooth pulled out’ or some similar comment.

To understand why other than baby or diseased teeth cannot be ‘pulled’, you need to understand the very unique characteristics of horse teeth which Dr Shannon Lee explains in this article.

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Flip the Lip! Bits and bitting demystified

Flip the Lip! Bits and bitting demystified

As a equine dental veterinarian I know horse’s mouths well, and over the years I have identified some simple, common mistakes and problems that affect many horses and riders. As a result I’ve helped many horses and riders solve bitting issues and move-on from the frustration, the expense and the headaches allowing them to get on with what they really want to do – go riding!

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The Whole Tooth

The Whole Tooth

Proper regular dental care is important for all horses, regardless of age size or use - just like it is in humans. As well a making for a happier, healthier horse, the benefits provided by proper dental care include being able to maximise the FCR or Feed Conversion Ratio.

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EOTRH

EOTRH

As well as a being quite a mouthful, Equine Odontoclastic Tooth Resorption and Hypercementosis (better known as EOTRH), is a form of periodontal disease causing the destruction of dental tissues that lead to weakness, tooth fracture, pain and infection.

Back in 2007, Dr Shannon Lee from Advanced Equine Dentistry, diagnosed the first cases in Australia. Here he explains about what is a common yet poorly understood progressive disease that, at present, has...

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Dental Care Impacts On Stallion Fertility

Dental Care Impacts On Stallion Fertility

From minatures to draft breeds, working stallions require dental examinations and dental care to identify and treat dental disease. Serious dental disease in stallions can present in a range of different ways from no outward sign at all, through to serious weight loss, bad breath and performance issues when ridden. Hard working and performance stallions need to be able comfortably consume enough feed to maintain optimum condition through the breeding...

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Equine Dental Anatomy - Part 2

Equine Dental Anatomy - Part 2

Part 2 of the EDV series of articles focusing on Equine Dental Anatomy.

Why is it important to learn about the internal workings of the horse's head? How do equine teeth differ from human teeth? Dr Shannon Lee from Advanced Equine Dentistry explains that a lack of understanding amongst horse owners can have serious welfare consequences.

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Dental Anatomy - what you need to know

Dental Anatomy - what you need to know

Why is it important to learn about the internal workings of the horse's head? How do equine teeth differ from human teeth?

Dr Shannon Lee from Advanced Equine Dentistry explains that a lack of understanding amongst horse owners can have serious welfare consequences.

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Don't Forget the Teeth!

Don't Forget the Teeth!

Many people think that equine dentistry is just floating the teeth, and many owners believe that just about anyone can perform equine "dentistry", from the trainer to the farrier. Shannon Lee, BVSc MACVSc, who has been practicing solely equine dentistry since 2006, cringes when he thinks about how little owners think about equine dentistry.

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Sinus Disease in Horses

Sinus Disease in Horses

How many times in your life have you suffered from the common cold or flu? Colds and Flu involve infection and inflammation of your sinuses, the hollow areas of the head connected to your nasal cavity.

Snotty noses and all those other symptoms that make you feel miserable, are fairly common in horses. Without a thorough investigation, diagnosis and treatment of the underlying cause, sinus disease can become chronic, and will...

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Pre-purchase Examinations

Pre-purchase Examinations

Hindsight is a wonderful thing, and buying horses is a risky business.

While there is no such thing as a perfect horse, a pre-purchase exam (PPE) can answer many questions about the likely significance of an abnormality and likely long term prognosis to protect you, the purchaser, from buying a problem that may be expensive, risky or even impossible to fix or treat.

So what does a PPE entail? Dr Olivia James...

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Equine Biosecurity

Equine Biosecurity

Biosecurity is not just about controlling exotic or notifiable diseases, or diseases that are fatal to humans; it’s about general disease control in our horses, right across the board, and it all starts with good hygiene practices and infection control. Dr Shannon Lee discussed biosecurity, what you can do about it, and how important it is to both horse and humans.

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Dental Problems of the Young Horse

Dental Problems of the Young Horse

Advances in dental veterinary practice mean that congenital dental abnormalities such as malocclusion (parrot and sow mouth), cleft palate and wry nose, which severely affect a horse’s ability to graze efficiently, can now be corrected. The key lies in identifying these issues early enough in the foal's development.

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Periodontal Disease - An Overview

Periodontal Disease - An Overview

The majority of horses examined will have some form of periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is defined as disease of the support structures of the tooth (i.e. the periodontium – the bone of the socket, the periodontal ligament running form tooth to bone, the cementum of the “root” and the gum or gingiva) and can be subdivided into two distinct forms – gingivitis and periodontitis.
 
Gingivitis is a reversible inflammation...

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Dental Care for Older Horses

Dental Care for Older Horses

It has often been remarked "no feet no horse" and it is equally true to say "No teeth no horse". As horses are now living longer and as we have more and more "Geriatric" horses it is important to understand the dental needs of older horses. Horses have a different type of tooth to humans, one that is designed to wear down over time, so the teeth of horses have...

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Periodontal Disease - An Introduction

Periodontal Disease - An Introduction

If you own horses then you should be familiar with the term periodontal disease, and yet chances are you haven't heard of it. This disease is the most common disease affecting horses, with around 70% of horses suffering from its effects. So what is this important disease, what are its effects and how is it diagnosed and treated? Well firstly let's explain the word periodontal, perio means around and dontal...

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Wolf Teeth - So Why All the Fuss?

Wolf Teeth - So Why All the Fuss?

A horse has many teeth, of several types and this has been discussed in previous articles. One that commonly causes alot of confusion for horse owners is the wolf tooth.

Wolf teeth are a vestigial tooth (this means they are a tooth that is no longer necessary) and can be thought of abit like wisdom teeth in people. Fossil records show that the ancient ancestor of the modern...

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Then and Now

Then and Now

Equine dentistry by vets in this form has existed for a long time, but with steadily improving techniques and equipment. It is only ignorance that has prevented the widespread uptake of proper equine dentistry implemented by trained, registered equine vets by horse owners.

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