Equine Dentistry

At Stabler and Howlett your horse is our priority.

Most owners are aware of the short-term benefits of dental care: maximising comfort whilst chewing and being ridden or driven. The long-term benefits are even more important: horses with well maintained, healthy mouths live longer and have longer athletic careers.

We recommend dental examinations for horses from 2 years old. Most horses will benefit from annual examinations throughout their lives. Horses’ teeth grow most quickly when they are young, with growth slowing as they reach their teens. Horses whose teeth are looked after from a young age will generally progress problem free through their teens and into their twenties, however, if they are neglected when young, their teeth often have structural problems in the teen years that can take years to correct.

At Stabler and Howlett, we have invested in providing high-quality dental care to our equine patients. While any person can examine and float a horse’s mouth with hand tools, only a registered veterinarian can legally sedate horses, perform extractions and perform dental work below the gum line.

Drs Bruce Howlett and Megan Schofield have performed post-graduate training in equine dentistry making them equine veterinary dentists. We use the best quality hand and power tools, and our mobile and fixed stocks ensure safety for horses and handlers alike. Our Ooralea surgery has the facilities and equipment to safely perform extractions, under general anaesthetic if need be.

Our aim is to help you help your horse to have a long and healthy life!

As for all our routine or elective equine cases we request horses are up to date for Hendra virus vaccination or horses will be vaccinated at their first visit.

For more information on our equine dentistry services, please contact your nearest Stabler & Howlett Veterinary Surgeons clinic today.