Teeth – float or not

My mare that's probably about seventeen, started losing a lot of weight and no amount feed seemed to help that. Then I finally noticed she seemed to be having trouble chewing and my husband took her to the ...My mare that's probably about seventeen, started losing a lot of weight and no amount feed seemed to help that. Then I finally noticed she seemed to be having trouble chewing and my husband took her to the ...

Story originally posted by: Michael Lowder, DVM, MS

Dr. Lowder:

My mare that’s probably about seventeen, started losing a lot of weight and no amount feed seemed to help that. Then I finally noticed she seemed to be having trouble chewing and my husband took her to the vets to have her teeth floated. The vet said that she had lost a tooth and since horse’s teeth keep growing the tooth opposite the lost tooth had gotten too long and was growing into her gums. He believes she needs to have the tooth filed every two to three months. Another vet said he thought it could just be cut once a year.

What’s your opinion on the cheapest, but best way to help my horse?

Hello:
The cheapest and the best usually do not go hand in hand. The best thing is to have the overgrown tooth reduced to normal crown height and then floated about every 6-8 months.

Thanks,
Dr. Lowder