"We've used Nola to check our standardbred racehorses teeth now for several years. Her work has been very professional and I would recommend her to anyone who is looking for a horse dentist. And, she is always pleasant to deal with!"
Lou Bertolini, Horse Trainer
Beach Lake, PA
"My wife and I appreciate your talent with our horses. I must say that I was dreading getting them (teeth) done. It always was such a problem in the past, but thanks to you the problem is gone. I will be in touch with you in about 10 months so that we can figure a time to do them again next year...."
Bob and Helen Raymond
"I have used Nola Haupert-Keill as the dentist for my horses for the past 7 years. She has handled my most difficult horses as well as my easy and old ones. Each one has been done effortlessly and to perfection."
Maribelle MacAlpin - owner
Macadoo Paso Finos
"She (Nola) has worked on our horses for a number of years and is very proficient. She is a good handler of horses (all sexes and ages), does a thorough job and gladly shares her knowledge."
Ann VanArsdale - manager
High Meadows Farm
"We are very pleased with the care Nola has given to our horses and would highly recommend her to anyone interested in maintaining a sound mouth for their own horse."
Jean Walter - manager
Duck Harbor Stables
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What is equine dentistry?
The monitoring, preventive care, and responsive care of your horse's teeth. In contrast to the teeth of human beings which only grow to a certain size, a horse's teeth continue to erupt throughout its life. For this reason, horses should have their teeth checked and maintained by an equine dentist regularly.
At what age should a horse first be checked and what type of schedule should it be on?
The most important time to check a horse's teeth is between the age of two and five, and they should be checked every six months. It is during this time that horses lose "baby" teeth to make way for "adult" teeth.
Adult horses age 5-18 should be checked annually and horses over 18 should be checked regularly. Tooth eruption slows with age, but regular dental checkups help ensure a healthy mouth for the older horse.
What occurs during a check-up?
A horse dentist will check for a variety of conditions and problems. Sometimes the horse's teeth need "floating" which is the removal of sharp points in the animal's mouth. A dentist will also look for "step mouth" a condition in which the teeth have a step-like arrangement instead of a smooth surface. Step mouth is dealt with by grinding down some of the teeth to make a smooth surface.
Does grinding or floating a horse's teeth cause the animal any pain?
No. The only tooth in a horse's mouth that has a nerve running all the way through it is the "wolf tooth."
What types of issues can occur when a horse has a tooth problem?
Sharp molars can cause weight problems, problems with the bit, even attitude problems. Many chronic colicers have had their condition improved by having regular dental maintenance.
General travel schedule: Nola typically is in the Chicago, IL area two weeks in January and the last two weeks of July each year. She is in the Phoenix, AZ area every Easter. Nola is also in the Tallahassee, Fl area every February.
Other locations and dates are by appointment.
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352 Hemlock Rd
Waymart, PA 18472