Why is it necessary to X-ray a horse’s teeth?
Oral examinations only show approximately one-tenth of the horse’s tooth. Sedation can help the doctor hold the mouth open longer to use light, digital camera, visual and physical examinations, However with 90% of most teeth not being visible there are many things that can not be seen with an x ray.
THIS IS A WALK THROUGH OF TAKING A SET OF EQUINE DENTAL X RAYS WHICH WERE PERFORMED AT SYCAMORE EQUESTRIAN CENTER IN ORANGE COUNTY CALIFORNIA.
DR. SILVIA PULLED UP AT SYCAMORE STABLES EQUESTRIAN CENTER IN SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO CA.
OF COURSE ALL THE HORSES KNOW WHEN DOC COLLADAY PULLS UP!
THE FIRST THING DR. SILVIA COLLADAY DOES IS GREET HER PATIENT.
SHE GENERALLY SAYS HELLO AND SEES HOW CALM OR ANXIOUS HER PATIENT IS TODAY. THIS HELPS TO JUDGE WHETHER SEDATION IS NECESSARY OR HOW MUCH SEDATION WILL BE NEEDED.
SHE SETS UP HER NEW STATE OF ART RADIOLOGY EQUIPMENT WITH CLIENT AND PATIENT INFORMATION.
GETTING THE RIGHT SHOT IS DEPENDENT ON BEING STILL AND AND THE ANGLE IN WHICH THE X RAY IS TAKEN. SEDATION IS HELPFUL AND GENERALLY USED HOWEVER NOT EVERY HORSE NEEDS IT.
THE X RAYS ARE READY TO BE VIEWED IMMEDIATELY AND THE FILE CAN BE SENT TO THE OWNER OR A CONSULTING RADIOLOGIST VERY QUICKLY.
Teeth grow on average of 3mm per year and can be more in younger horses.
Regular dental care is essential for your horses health.
Poor dental care can have many many bad effects on your horses eating and health. Silvia Colladay DVM can answer all your dental questions. She services all of Orange County and frequently is in San Juan Capistrano, Coto De Caza , Huntington Beach, Anaheim, Laguna Hills, Orange Park Acres and many more Equestrian Centers and is available to discuss your horse and schedule an appointment.