Equine Dental Vets

EDV Articles

Browse our informative articles on horse care and treatment written by EDV vet members as published in top equine publications.

The Evolution of the Horse

By Dr Shannon Lee

The modern horse comes in many shapes, sizes and styles. However, it may surprise some people to know that modern horses (Equus Caballus) encompass all breeds - from Miniature horses through to large breeds like the Suffolk Punch, Clydesdale and Percheron. Therefore, they all share the same grass-based diet, and the same dental structure. Dr Shannon Lee digs into the details.

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Cleared for Landing

Most people are aware of quarantine - a period of isolation where an animal can be tested, treated and monitored for signs of illness. But, the truth is there’s a lot more to importing a horse than quarantine. Dr Amy Little takes us through the ins and outs of horse importation this month for our EDV Article in Horses and People magazine.

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By Dr Euan Laidlaw

Vaccination against various diseases must be one of the most common equine veterinary procedures, certainly in the developed world.

However, the frequency and, in most cases, ease with which vaccination is practiced can lead to complacency with regard to its importance and certainly doesn’t do justice to the complexity of the science behind it - something which has been baffling and bewildering veterinary students for centuries!

So, how did it all start? In this month's EDV article Dr Euan Laidlaw tells us.

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Diagnosing Skin Conditions

When dealing with skin diseases, it is important to realise the changes that we see can be primary - a direct result of the skin disease or condition, or secondary. Dr Robin van den Boom takes us through skin conditions in horses.

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What's in that mouth?

By Dr Shannon Lee

As a vet with experience when it comes to looking inside horses' mouths, little would surprise me when it comes to what I might find in there.

seems, however, I can’t state and repeat enough that horses, being by their very nature an animal that is both curious and cautious, are ofen prone to both oral injury and the ingestion of unusual or foreign objects. And all the while, in many cases, they show no outward sign of there being any problem.

So, what do you, as a horse owner, think might be some of the more commonly found items inside horses mouths, and what can be done about them?

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What is THAT? Lumps, Bumps and Swelling

By Dr Rachel Kent

Finding lumps, bumps and swelling on the skin of horses is a very common problem for owners. In this article, veterinarian Dr Rachel Kent sorts the lumps from the bumps and explains which ones are of concern and require veterinary treatment, versus those which may be left alone.

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Stifle Lameness

By Dr Marta Wereszka

The stifle is the largest and most complex joint in the horse and, as such, it is an important cause of hindlimb lameness. Equivalent to the human knee, the stifle is controlled by some of the most powerful muscles in the horse’s hindquarters and is subject to tremendous stress forces.

In this comprehensive article, registered specialist equine surgeon Dr Marta Wereszka, from the University of Sydney Equine Hospital, explains the complex anatomy of the stifle, the diagnostic tools available and some of the treatment options your veterinarian may recommend.

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By Dr Rachel O'Higgins

In this article, Dr Rachel O’Higgins examines the current understanding of stereotypies - a group of behaviours which are commonly referred to as ‘stable vices’. As Dr O’Higgines explains, horse owners must change the way they think about stereotypies, instead of being offensive, they need to be recognised as a horse’s coping mechanism induced by frustration and brain dysfunction.

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Dental X-Rays

By Dr Shannon Lee BVSc, MANZCVSc, DICEVO

This month, Dr Shannon Lee, talks about the important role of dental x-rays, outlining why x-rays are commonly used in veterinary denistry, so that horse owners can better understand the process, technology and benefits for their own horses undergoing treatment.

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Fencing Injuries and How to Prevent Them

By Dr Adrian Owen

This month, Dr Adrian Owen, a member of Equine Dental Vets, talks about the common injuries caused by poorly designed or maintained fencing.

He encourages every horse owner to consider how they can protect their horses from serious, and even fatal, injuries, with a few simple changes, including electrified fencing.

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