Wolf teeth

I have a dumb question. Could a two year old filly need her teeth floated?? Or are her wolf teeth bothering her. I have only worked with her in a halter and she is fine with anything I do. I have looked into her mouth while she is yawning (she likes to do this in my face) and ...I have a dumb question. Could a two year old filly need her teeth floated?? Or are her wolf teeth bothering her. I have only worked with her in a halter and she is fine with anything I do. I have looked into her mouth while she is yawning (she likes to do this in my face) and ...

Story originally posted by: Michael Lowder, DVM, MS

Dr. Lowder,

I have a dumb question. Could a two year old filly need her teeth floated?? Or are her wolf teeth bothering her? I have only worked with her in a halter and she is fine with anything I do. I have looked into her mouth while she is yawning (she likes to do this in my face) and I don’t see any wolf teeth or anything that looks sharp, but she keeps dropping her grain all over the place. She started eating grain early (sampling moms) and she has always been a messy eater. Could she just be a slob?? She is plump and sassy and has no trouble picking up the grain that she has already dropped. Do I need to have her teeth looked at??? I have only heard that wolf teeth bother horses when they are bitted. Could they cause eating problems as well??

Thank you for your time.

Shana

Dear Shana,

There are no dumb questions! The wolf teeth erupt at around 6 months, however, if your filly is dropping feed, it may be due to retained caps instead. Caps are the "baby teeth" that are pushed out when the permanent teeth erupt, and sometimes they remain attached to the permanent tooth below. They can have sharp edges that cause pain and irritation to the gums and inside of the mouth. Have your filly examined by a veterinarian who regularly performs dental procedures. He can manually remove retained caps.

Thank you,
Dr. Lowder