SOURCE: White Oaks Veterinary Clinic

November 02, 2011 09:00 ET

Edmond Veterinary Clinic Announces Equine Dentistry Services

EDMOND, OK--(Marketwire - Nov 2, 2011) - White Oaks Veterinary Clinic in Edmond announced that the animal clinic's equine vet offers comprehensive equine dentistry services. These services include routine oral health exams and care to correct bite abnormalities. The vet hospital's equine dentist has received special training in equine dentistry and can perform both regular examinations and bite corrections. An equine dental exam takes between 30 and 40 minutes. Sedation is administered to help the horse relax. In addition to equine dental care, the animal hospital also provides small animal care including vaccinations, wellness exams, surgical procedures and spay/neuter operations.

Dr. Jennifer Bianchi, an Edmond veterinarian and co-founder of White Oaks Veterinary Clinic, announced that the animal hospital offers comprehensive equine dentistry services.

"Oral exams are an essential part of any annual physical exam and equine wellness program," said. Dr. Bianchi. "Many cases of behavioral issues, medical problems and even colic can be traced back to dental problems, such as equine TMJ. A regular exam allows a veterinarian to correct dental problems while they are still in the early stages, before more serious care is required."

According to Dr. Bianchi, signs of equine dental problems include: difficulty chewing or excessive salivation; large or undigested feed particles in the manure; head tilting or tossing and tongue lolling to resist the bit or bridling; poor performance with the bridle such as failing to turn or stop, or bucking; a foul odor from the mouth and nostrils; blood from the mouth; nasal discharge; swelling of the face, jaw or mouth tissues.

An oral exam with an equine dentist lasts between 30 and 40 minutes. During the exam, the horse is sedated using intravenous anesthetics to help it relax and reduce stress. Since it is not safe to have a horse's mouth open for extensive time, Dr. Bianchi provides rest periods throughout the exam.

Following the exam, horse owners receive a detailed chart from the equine dentist outlining the horse's mouth before and after any corrections, along with a list of recommendations for future care.

Depending on the need for corrections, most horses are examined annually. Young horses under the age of five and performance horses may be examined every six to nine months.

An active show jumper, Dr. Bianchi is a member of the US Equestrian Federation, the American Quarter Horse Association, and the Greater Oklahoma Hunter Jumper Association. Dr. Bianchi and the veterinary care team at White Oaks have received special training to perform oral health examinations.

"It is especially important that your horse be examined by an equine vet who is trained to provide specialized equine dental care," said Dr. Bianchi. "Veterinary medicine is a very broad field, and the knowledge base is continually expanding. Not every veterinarian has the experience or knowledge to provide equine dental care. An equine vet with specialized training can ensure that your horse receives the best possible care -- you and your horse will really experience the difference."

Horse owners who wish to learn more about equine dentistry services offered at the animal hospital may visit the practice's website, http://www.whiteoaksvet.com.

Contact Information

  • White Oaks Veterinary Clinic
    Edmond, OK
    1-888-667-5235