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.
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!