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.


By Dr Andrew Lamont

Stomach ulcers affect both, foals and adult horses and are reported to occur in up to 93% of thoroughbreds, 70% of endurance horses and 60% of performance horses in training. The vast majority of horses that have stomach ulcers do not, however, exhibit obvious clinical signs, hindering the diagnosis and thus treatment of the condition...

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Flip the Lip! Bits and bitting demystified

By Dr Shannon Lee BVSc, MANZCVSc, MICEVO

As a equine dental veterinarian I know horse’s mouths well, and over the years I have identified some simple, common mistakes and problems that affect many horses and riders. As a result I’ve helped many horses and riders solve bitting issues and move-on from the frustration, the expense and the headaches allowing them to get on with what they really want to do – go riding!

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First Aid - Be Prepared

By Dr Olivia James BVSc(hons) MANZCVSc

You walk out to the paddock in the morning before work to feed up and check that your precious horses are ok. You enjoy this time of the morning, the sun is shining and it is going to be a beautiful day...

As you turn the corner your heart sinks, the chestnut mare is standing away from the rest of the horses and you can see wire around her legs and there is blood pouring from at least two of them. Your mind races, what do I do? The vet clinic is at least 40 minutes away and, did you actually remember to
replace those bandages in your first aid kit?

Dr Olivia James from Brindabella Equine Mobile Veterinary Service explains how you can be prepared...


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The Whole Tooth

By Dr Shannon Lee BVSc, MANZCVSc, MICEVO

Proper regular dental care is important for all horses, regardless of age size or use - just like it is in humans. As well a making for a happier, healthier horse, the benefits provided by proper dental care include being able to maximise the FCR or Feed Conversion Ratio.

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By Dr Shannon Lee BVSc, MANZCVSc, MICEVO

As well as a being quite a mouthful, Equine Odontoclastic Tooth Resorption and Hypercementosis (better known as EOTRH), is a form of periodontal disease causing the destruction of dental tissues that lead to weakness, tooth fracture, pain and infection.

Back in 2007, Dr Shannon Lee from Advanced Equine Dentistry, diagnosed the first cases in Australia. Here he explains about what is a common yet poorly understood progressive disease that, at present, has no cure and requires expert treatment and management from your Equine Dental Vet.

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Dental Care Impacts On Stallion Fertility

By Dr Shannon Lee BVSc, MANZCVSc, MICEVO

From minatures to draft breeds, working stallions require dental examinations and dental care to identify and treat dental disease. Serious dental disease in stallions can present in a range of different ways from no outward sign at all, through to serious weight loss, bad breath and performance issues when ridden. Hard working and performance stallions need to be able comfortably consume enough feed to maintain optimum condition through the breeding season.

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Parasites - Control Strategies

By By Dr Natasha Hovanessian, BVSc, MS

Intestinal worms are present in all horse, pony, donkey and mule populations worldwide, and are considered the major health problem of these species.

Recent research findings have changed our understanding of worms and how to manage them and, in this article, Dr Natasha Hovanessian from the Canberra Equine Hospital addresses the changes and informs of current recommended management practices for all horses.

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Melanomas in the Grey Horse

By Dr James Meyer, BSc (PV), DVM

Nearly everyone involved in the equine world knows of, or has, a grey horse with melanomas. They are one of the most common types of neoplasm (or cancer) in grey horses, with greater than 80% of grey horses over the age of 15 years having melanomas.

In this article, Dr James Meyer, an equine dental vet from the Adelaide Plains Equine Clinic, provides a thorough understanding of the condition and outlines the options you can discuss with your veterinarian should your horse develop melanomas.

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Embyro Transfer

By Dr Gillian Rickard, BVSc (Hons)

Whether it is to allow a competitive mare to continue performing, achieving multiple foals from one mare in a season or to ensure valuable genetics are not lost if she can no longer carry a foal, breeders and veterinarians are recognising the advantages of embryo transfer.

In this article, Dr Gillian Rickard from the Illawarra Equine Centre, explains the importance of working with an expert team, the process and factors that play a role in the success of this specialised breeding technique.

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Equine Dental Anatomy - Part 2

By Dr Shannon Lee BVSc, MANZCVSc, MICEVO

Part 2 of the EDV series of articles focusing on Equine Dental Anatomy.

Why is it important to learn about the internal workings of the horse's head? How do equine teeth differ from human teeth? Dr Shannon Lee from Advanced Equine Dentistry explains that a lack of understanding amongst horse owners can have serious welfare consequences.

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