February is National Pet Dental Health Month
In honor of National Dental Health Month, Alpine Animal Hospital is offering a promotional service to help you ensure your horses’ dental wellness!
Make an appointment in February to haul your horses in to the hospital for an oral exam, and if necessary dental float. Your office visit fee will be waived and we will use our state-of-the-art endoscope to thoroughly exam and assess you horse dental health at no additional cost.
This specialized camera equipment will allow you to follow along during the exam and clearly see everything yourself on a high quality stall side monitor
Call us at 970-963-2371 to make an appointment
More about the exam.
The dental exam starts before sedation is administered. The external structures of the face and head are observed:
- chewing muscles
- temporomandibular joints
- lymph nodes
- salivary glands
- jaw bones
- external contours of the head
- odor of the breath
- upper airways (nostrils, nasal cavity, and sinuses)
After sedation is administered, a speculum is used to help your horse hold their mouth open while intraoral structures are carefully examined:
- front teeth (incisors & canines)
- back teeth (premolars & molars)
- roof of the mouth
- area under the tongue
If a need for a dental float is identified during the exam, it can be performed at that time (the fee is $180.00). If certain abnormalities are noted on examination, x-rays may be recommended to further evaluate the tooth roots and jaw bones.