|New Ownership: It is official Brian Borg moved back to Australia and has sold the dental practice to Dr. Jacob S. Johnson. The only real change is that Dr. Johnson is a veterinarian and will be handling all your horses’ needs with respect to advanced equine dentistry. The same great service and experience of years doing quality advanced dentistry will remain our focus (Over the next couple of months the website will be updated, please use the same previous contact information).
Thank You, Dr. Johnson and Staff
Dr. Johnson 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
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 are for information purposes only. It is in no way intended to replace the advice of your veterinarian. California state law requires any person (i.e. registered veterinary technician) who is not a veterinarian offering equine dentistry to the public (this includes basic file floating without sedation) MUST be a California licensed Veterinarian or be present at a state registered facility with a California licensed veterinarian, we always follow the laws and have a veterinarian present at all of our equine dentistry appointments.
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 in my line of work is to catch problem before they become so obvious that it begins to effect your horses health.
It’s a common misunderstanding that if your horse’s weight is good that its teeth are OK. This is a myth! horses can have severe dental problems and sometimes still be keeping good weight.
Here is a guide line on how often your horse should have us look at its teeth:
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 and have a much better mouths to carry them 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 behavioural changes associated with pain and negative experiences with the bit, this may effect your horses attitude towards riding and can possibly be lifelong if not address.
7 to 12 years
All adult teeth should now be present in the horse’s mouth. The rate of wear begins to slow slightly as the teeth harden and most horses in light work on a mostly pasture based diet will need to be seen every 12 months.
Horses in heavy work or horses that are stabled and fed concentrates will need more regular examination as these changes cause them to chew differently affecting the way the teeth wear.
Again in horses of this age group early detection of problems and removal of sharp cingulae (enamel points) is very important. Disease that affects the structures which support the tooth, the periodontal ligaments begin to occur and early detection and treatment is the only way to prevent premature loss of the tooth.
13 to 20 years
Some of the horses in this age group are beginning to have a decreased ability to maintain condition due to a decrease in the availability of nutrients across the gut wall; some will need increased dietary intake.
Common dental conditions account for about a thirty percent decrease in weight gains and proper care is vital to ensure these horses maintain conditions. Early detection of periodontal disease (disease of the structures that anchor the tooth in place) will prevent the premature loss of that tooth.
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 reserve crown. They often have concurrent diseases that affect them such as cushings 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 a 1,000 words. Look at the incisor corrections 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.”
Why wait? Call NOW !
Your horse will be so grateful that you did.
Office (951) 278-1930
Cell (951) 258-6920
Another example of my work… Underbite correction before & after:
This extensive work is accomplished through staging, usually not just one visit.
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.
Please have your horses teeth worked on every year starting at 2 years of age and not wait until the horse is show discomfort.
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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