Dr. Moerlein provides equine services including veterinary dentistry to horse owners across the lower Kenai Peninsula and also schedules visits to the mid-Peninsula monthly. A veterinary technician assists with all surgical and dental procedures and vaccinations, lameness examinations, sheath cleaning and other routine preventive horse care can be provided.
Horses need regular preventive dental maintenance every six months to one year. Unlike people, horses' teeth have an eruption rate of two-three mm per year. The teeth should wear in correspondence to yearly eruption rate. Malocclusions, or improper position of the teeth, can lead to many health issues and behavioral problems.
Identifying dental problems as early as possible is important. Signs to look for are: loss of food while eating; eats hay before his grain; grain in water bucket; difficulty chewing or excess salivation; loss of body condition; large undigested food particles in manure larger than one quarter inch; head tilting or tossing; bit chewing; tongue lolling; tries to rear while bridling; fighting the bit or resisting the bridal; bucking or failing to stop or turn; foul odor from the mouth or nostrils; traces of blood in the mouth; or nasal discharge or swelling of the face. Other horses may not show noticeable signs, because they just simply adapt to their discomfort.
Dr. Moerlein can both come to your stable and under light sedation perform a pain-free comfortable dental evaluation and attend to problem teeth and oral issues.