Dental procedures are performed on horses by a process called "floating." Flaoting means to smooth or contour your horse's teeth with a file (called a "float"). Unlike human teeth, a horse's teeth keep growing. Periodically throughout the horse's life, sharp edges develop on the teeth, making it painful and difficult to eat. Horses like humans do have two sets of teeth in their lives. Typically they will have lost all their baby teeth by age 5. Adult horses will have between 36-44 permanent teeth.
Horses, Mules and Donkeys
Urban Livestock & Equine Veterinary Services offers mobile veterinary care for your horses (including miniature horses), mules, and donkeys. We offer preventive veterinary care including physical examinations, dentistry (teeth floating), vaccinations, fecal egg counts, and nutrition consultations. If your horse will be traveling out of state, we can provide Coggins testing and health certificates. Before you decide to buy your next horse, we offer pre-purchase examinations to help you determine its soundness and suitability for your chose discipline. If your horse is ill or injured, please call us right away to schedule an appointment. We offer in-hours and after-hours emergency services for colics, severe lameness, wound care or laceration repairs, and other health problems. We can provide laboratory testing, portable digital x-rays and ultrasound to help diagnose illnesses and injuries in your equines, from miniature donkeys to dressage horses, and backyard trail horses to draft horses!
We believe in providing exceptional medical care by using the gold standard of product and establishing the highest standard of preventive care for your animal. Our Zoetis vaccinations come with an immunication support guarantee and we mirror our vaccination protocols after the Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) standards. They are as follows:
Spring: Rhinopneusmonitis/Influenza, West Nile, Encephalomyelitis/Tetanus
Fall: Streptococcus Equi, Rhinopneumonitis/Influenza, Rabies
We offer a wide range of diagnostic and wellness tools to assist the attending veterinarian during your horse's exam:
- In-house and send-out laboratory services
- In-house fecal evaluations for parasites and sand
- Health certificates and travel permits
- Lameness evaluation
- Fluid therapy
- Joint injections
When buying a horse, many buyers ask for an equine pre-purchase exam. This serves to identify any preexisting problems which may hinder a horse's future performance and reduce buyer risk. The inspection consists of a very thorough examination and if the buyer opts may include x-rays, blood work, etc. If the horse must be sedated though, that authorization must come from the current owner.
Our Veterinarians Are On-Call 24/7
IF YOUR HORSE, MULE, OR DONKEY IS EXPERIENCING ANY OF THESE SYMPTOMS OF AN EMERGENCY, CALL THE VET IMMEDIATELY at (480) 436-4970
Own a horse long enough and sooner or later you're likely to confront a medical emergency., From lacerations to colic to foaling difficulties, there are many emergencies that a horse owner may encounter. You must know how to recognize serious problems and respond promptly, taking appropriate action while awaiting the arrival of your veterinarian.
Preventive Medicine is just that: medical examinations, diagnostics, and treatments that are meant to prevent future injury, illness or other health problems. We believe that most equines should have a thorough physical examination performed every year by a veterinarian. This will help us catch small changes in your horse’s health before they become big problems. Based on the results of a physical examination, we will recommend a preventive care plan for your animal, including vaccinations, parasite control, dentistry, and nutrition advice. Call us today to schedule a yearly exam for yo