It was Annie's first time, and I was super nervous because she hates stuff in her mouth. Luckily, sedation took care of everything!
|First a check-up, vaccinations and sedation.|
|"Jaws of Health" keeps the mouth open.|
|Then a "mouthwash" flush|
|Head gets hoisted up with a winch and padded halter. Vet probes for sharp points and uneven teeth|
|Say "ahhh!" At four, Annie just has some sharp points.|
|Scary-looking "drill" grinds down the sharp or uneven places. Note the vet's headlamp!|
Mr. Strut's teeth were worse-- four uneven molars. It took a while to get 'em ground down! It looks and sounds rough, but don't worry, it doesn't hurt, it's just uncomfortable. I told Dr. Ruppel I was surprised vets don't wear masks, with all that tooth dust floating around. He laughed and said he was surprised too.
|Drunken horse -- took her 15 minutes to walk veeeeerrry slowly out of the barn.|
So don't forget folks-- get your horse's teeth taken care of!
P.S. Dr. Ruppel looks a little like Neil Patrick Harris.