Amesbury Animal Hospital

277 Elm Street
Amesbury, MA 01913


Dear Equine Clients:


The holiday season is winding down and we are all trying to get ready for the rest of the winter months.   Thank you for another year of providing veterinary care for your horse.  We were very fortunate to have avoided any cases of mosquito borne disease in our practice and hope this continues next year as well.


Our first season of documented exams and report cards during spring vaccinations was a success.  In addition, the transition to the regular use of fecal egg counts to identify levels of parasite shedding and the efficacy of deworming schedules also went smoothly.  Our lab staff made a persistent effort to get the results and Doctor's recommendations back to the clients in a timely fashion.


With these efforts to service our patients with a higher level of preventative medical care, we are excited to provide a new level of dental care to our patients.  The hospital has made the commitment to deliver a higher standard of equine dentistry.  Bottom line is we need to do the best for our patients and clients and we have taken the steps to commit to this goal.


This commitment has involved continuing education through an AAEP (American Association of Equine Practitioners) sponsored dental seminar and "hands on" lab.  The acquisition of additional equipment will allow us to provide full oral exams and documentation (charts/photographs) followed by treatment with traditional manual floats and "power" equipment when needed or indicated.


Early dental disease and signs of oral disease may not be apparent to owners until the problems are well established or advanced.  Regular and detailed exams should be done by your veterinarian to recognize and address these issues when they are just starting, rather than after abnormal wear is well established.  What we have already learned is that without taking the steps to safely inspect the entire mouth, we may be unaware of subtle or advancing changes that can affect your horses comfort, health, and performance.


The reality is this will be a change for the practice and our clients.  These exams, floats, and occlusal adjustments require an adequate level of sedation for the well being of the horse.  Scheduling these procedures during spring exams and vaccinations will be difficult and unrealistic.  The best options may include the fall and winter months. Depending on age and the condition a horses teeth, oral/dental exams may be recommended once or twice a year. Some barns might be better set up for these procedures while others might require some extra consideration and planning. (We have acquired the equipment to suit most situations).  Again, the reality is this will be a change for both the practice and our clients.   As of December 2010 we are providing these new services.  We have already discussed these procedures with some of our clients this summer and fall as we were preparing for this change.  During this transition feel free to contact any of the doctors with questions or concerns about our expanded dental services. 


Example of an Intraoral Evaluation with sedation and full mouth speculum.  These photos are pre/post floating - note the cheek injury just beyond examiners index finger in the POST FLOAT photo on the right.  This painful lesion was caused by sharp enamel points that were removed with manual and power floats.






         PRE FLOAT                                                                                        POST FLOAT   





The Doctors and Staff at the Amesbury Animal Hospital