Each month we hope to tell you about some of the many areas of veterinary care our hospital deals with on a daily basis, and how important a new hospital is to the welfare of our donkeys. This month our topic is dentistry...
Donkeys have anywhere between 16 and 44 teeth depending on age and gender. Over the years donkeys have developed teeth that are designed to wear over time due to the feeding on high abrasive matter.
During adolescence donkeys lose their milk teeth - similar to the way humans do - to allow for their permanent teeth to take their place.
All donkeys should have their teeth regularly checked by an appropriate professional, a vet or equine dental technician. It is important that they are checked from soon after birth, throughout their life.
In the new hospital there will be a dedicated treatment room for dentistry, with state-of-the-art equipment
It is recommended that a donkeys teeth are checked twice annually, as their teeth shed, erupt and wear at a rapid rate. However, the vet or equine dentist will advise the appropriate appointment need for each specific donkey.
Here at the Sanctuary we have nine Veterinary Surgeons and two Equine Dental Technicians. In the new hospital there will be a dedicated treatment room for dentistry, with state-of-the-art equipment to help deal with complex dental cases. This is to ensure the best care for our donkeys who seek sanctuary for life with us.
Dentistry can sometimes be a messy job that could essentially de-sterilise a room and the air in it which leads to a longer delay for the next treatment coming in. Having a separate room for dentistry will eliminate this delay.