Lately, I have noticed that Chance is eating more on the left side of his mouth and is taking a longer time finishing his meal. I booked an appointment with the dentist and he came out to take a look.
Chance showed discomfort while being floated on the right side of his mouth. However, upon taking a closer look the dentist did not see or feel any loose teeth nor did he smell an odors (indicating a broken or infected tooth). I asked if Chance could have a tooth that was cracked near the root? The dentist explained that this could be the case and we would need to do an x-ray to know more. He suggested that we see how he does after being floated, due to one of his teeth on the upper right side being higher than the others, and go from there.
The dentist did say that Chance’s teeth were sturdy and in good shape especially given his age! Yay!
Luck had his first ever dental floating today! It was quite the ordeal for the poor little man but, according to the vet, Luck was in desperate need of some work due to the sharp points of some of his teeth.
Thankfully he did great and was pretty laid back despite the contraption he had to wear and the big file in his mouth. But, to be on the safe side the vet gave him a little sedative.
The vet explained that an animal who receives a sedative should have all their hay and feed removed because the drugs usually make them hungry, but due to their drowsiness they are likely to choke!
Luck drugged up
Luck also got his sheath cleaned for the first time. Apparently, stallions or Jacks normally keep themselves very clean and do not require much sheath maintainace.
Now Luck is up to date on all of his vaccinations, hoof trimming, and dental care!
Today Chance got his teeth floated by his very first dentist from 2000! Due to his cribbing history his front teeth were significantly worn down. His molars were not in bad shape but were a bit jagged. The dentist noticed that Chance’s left side was more sensitive to the filing and put a jaw opening device in C’s mouth to keep it open (see below right photo). The molars all looked like they were holding strong and there was no smell that would be indicative of an infection or decay. The dentist indicated that Chance was missing three back molars and that he felt that he was about 24 years old.
The dentist asked me about the nutritional care Chance was receiving due to his age, and I gave him the run down- 2 quarts twice a day of hay stretcher, hay/alfalfa mix throughout the day, 4 quarts of Nutrina Smart Feed Senior twice a day, 2 cups of Rice Bran twice a day in feed, SmartPak Senior Flex and Immune Boost, DuraLactin once a day for arthritic pain and inflammation, Vitamin E once a day, and Transfer Factor for an immune system booster. He continued to explain that when he asks the owners of most of the older horses he goes to sees, they do not have them on the proper diet. I explained that we are still trying to get more weight on Chance but that he has put on a good amount of weight since last summer. He suggested that our next appointment be this December before Chance has the opportunity to go into the winter and lose any weight, which is common in older horses, especially cribbers and thoroughbreds, in the winter months.
Later that day, Chance seemed to have some difficulty eating his hay; wads of hay were scattered around his stall. This is something that I have seen intermittently, maybe once or twice, but not to this extreme. I decided to give him alfalfa cubes to substitute the hay until the next day when, hopefully, he would be able to eat more easily. Sure enough the next morning there were no wads of hay!