Equine Dentistry

The knowledge and equipment used in equine dental care has improved greatly over recent years. Our vets have aquired the skills to deliver equine dental care through continuous professional development and built experience through performing many routine dental examination and floats using our motorised equipment.

At West Lakeland Vets we can provide the complete equine dentistry service. We are equipped with a Hausman style speculum, a range of floats including a dearson motorised system  and veterinary sedatives for your horse or pony if required.

Although some patients are fine without sedation we find that the sedated patient’s mouth can be examined thoroughly and that dental work can be performed in a controlled fashion and with pain-killing sedatives used there is little or no distress to your horse. Sedation often allows the sharp enamel points to be reduced in areas where they have caused ulcers to develop on the cheek or tongue, a painful procedure without sedatives. Sedatives also ensure that both your horse, the handler, and vet are safe during the procedure.

A dental chart is made during the examination which you can keep for your records.

We charge a fixed price for an equine dental examination and float, including sedation, for your pony or horse. If you would like to discus your requirements further or to book your horse or pony in for a dental examination and float then please contact Chris Harrison or Laura Fisher at our Egremont surgery, during surgery hours, on 01946 820312.


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Lower jaw of a spanish pony demonstrating the angle of the molars on the lower jaw. The inner surfaces of these lower molars can cause lesions on the tongue if they have become too sharp. With our motorised dental equipment, these sharp edges are easily reduced. 

Commonly the last molar teeth (311 and 411) on the lower jaw develop a ‘ramp’ which can be reduced with the applecore head on our dental system.

Diastema are gaps that form between the teeth and are commonly found when performing a dental examination. Food material packs into the diastema, which often leads to gum and tooth disease. The diastema can be painful, and are picked out during the dental procedure.


In this section:

Egremont Surgery
55 Main Street
CA22 2DB

Tel: 01946 820312
Whitehaven Surgery
Preston Street
CA28 9DL

Tel: 01946 693303