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Horses should have their teeth examined at least once a year. The dental examination involves the use of a full mouth speculum (gag) and a range of rasps. Some common conditions that we see routinely include:

* Sharp enamel overgrowths

* Diastema (gaps between teeth)

* Tooth fractures

* Tooth root abscesses


If your horse is showing any of the following signs, it is time for a dental examination now:

* Difficulty chewing or dropping food

* Increased saliva production

* Facial swelling

* Nasal discharge

* Weight loss

* Behavioural problems


An advantage of having a vet examine your horse’s teeth is that some horses may need a sedation to place a gag and rasp especially if it is the horse's first time. Only vets are legally allowed to administer an injectable sedation, at Galley Hill we aim to be competitive on price, a dental examination with sedation can be comparable in price to that of a visit from an equine dentist.

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