Dr. Johnson’s focus is providing routine and advanced dentistry for his patients. He is a California licensed Veterinarian dedicated to the safety and health of your horse. By appointment only from you or your referring Veterinarian:
Office (951) 278-1930
Cell (951) 258-6920
Monday through Friday
Scheduled appointments 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday / Sunday
By Appointment Only
After Hours Emergencies Please Call Your Regular Veterinarian
Mastercard, Visa, Amex, Discover, Care Credit, Debit and Cash accepted
We pride ourselves on a kind, gentle approach while working on your horse’s dental needs. We are especially sensitive to the unique requirements that nervous and abused horses need. Dr. Johnson’s lifetime experience of horsemanship and 10 plus years doing extensive, advanced dentistry will help ensure a favorable outcome for our patients.
My primary service area is within 150 miles of Norco in all directions from San Diego to High Desert and Indio to Santa Barbara including all areas in between: such as Orange County, Long Beach, Rancho Palos Verdes, Chino, Yorba Linda, Malibu, Los Angeles, Burbank, Ojai, San Fernando Valley, Victorville, Hesperia, Apple Valley, Fallbrook, Murrieta, Temecula, Riverside, Corona, Gavilan Hills, Perris, Redlands, Highland, Yucapia, Moreno Valley, Yucca Valley, Palm Springs, Indio, Rancho Mirage, Banning, Palm Desert.
I also will travel out of state, adhering to their local regulations. Feel free to call us to arrange a clinic in your area.
NOTE: Material presented in this website is for information purposes and to compliment the advice of your veterinarian.
When should I have my horses teeth floated and why?
Consider this! I know if I do not see my dentist regularly that bigger problems will arise. Your horse’s dental care is no different. The goal with routine dental care is to prevent problems before they become so obvious that it begins to affect your horse’s health.
It is a common misunderstanding that if your horse’s weight is good that its teeth are okay. This is a myth! Horses can have severe dental disease and sometimes still have a good body condition.
This is a general guide line on how often your horse should have us do an oral exam:
1 to 6 years
During this period horses will shed 24 deciduous teeth and erupt up to 44 permanent teeth. Problems such as sharp enamel cingulae (points), impacted teeth, deciduous or baby teeth that fail to shed and early development of serious cheek teeth malocclusion’s such as hooks, waves and ramps can be identified and treated through exams every 6 months.
Horses that receive this kind of care are ensured the best outcome for any dental abnormalities through early detection, achieving longevity of their teeth through adulthood.
It is also important during this time to ensure all horses have any source of oral pain properly detected and treated before beginning their training; failure to do so can lead to the development of long-term behavioral issues associated with pain and negative experiences with the bit.
7 to 12 years
All adult teeth are now present in the horse’s mouth. The rate of wear begins to slow slightly and most horses in light work on a mostly pasture based diet will need to be seen every 12 months. Those that are performing, have conformational issues orally, and/or are fed concentrated feeds may continue to be seen every 6 months.
Again in horses of this age group early detection of problems and removal of sharp enamel points is very important. Along with occlusal abnormalities that cause disease such as periodontal ligament strain, periodontal disease, pockets, pain and decreased mastication of feed.
13 to 20 years
Some of the horses in this age group are beginning to have an inability to maintain good body condition due to a decrease in the availability of nutrients across the gut wall; some will need increased dietary intake. Common dental abnormalities account for a decrease in weight gains and proper care is vital for your horse’s health and performance. Lack of detecting abnormalities causing periodontal disease will increase the odds of premature loss of teeth.
Most horses in this age bracket require annual dental exams.
Over 20 years
Dentally, this group of horses is beginning to reach the end of their clinical crown. They often have concurrent diseases that affect them such as Cushing’s disease (PPID) and can have difficulty maintaining weight just like elderly people. So their diet and dental care and management of other diseases must be of the highest standard to ensure longevity.
A picture speaks 1,000 words. Look at the incisor correction below. There are very few people in California that have the skill level necessary to do this level of work. ”Experience you can rely on.” Extensive work is accomplished through staging, usually not just one visit. This ensures the viability of the tooth, too much odontoplasty at once can cause damage to the tooth and death.
Why wait? Call NOW !
Your horse will be so grateful that you did.
Office (951) 278-1930
Cell (951) 258-6920
We recommend Purina Equine Products for all stages of your horses life.
The main reason that I got into this line of work is that I truely love horses and always want to do the best that I can do to Improve their quality of life.
Giving Back to the community:
I am available for speaking engagements for Horse Riding Clubs, Equestrian Centers, 4H , local colleges ,schools and other such organizations. I usually do this at no charge.
In some cases I may request travel cost be covered. This will be decided on a case by case basis.
Our focus of offering routine and advanced equine dentistry is to compliment your current Veterinarians services not compete with them. Have your regular veterinarian inquire with us about our Veterinarian to Veterinarian Referral Program.
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