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Dr. Darrow is a veterinarian licensed with the states of Florida, Tennessee, Maryland, and with the United States Department of Agriculture.

She is also a current member of the following professional organizations:

The International Association of Equine Dentistry - Certified

The American Veterinary Dental Society

The American Veterinary Medical Association

The Florida Veterinary Medical Association

The American Association of Equine Practitioners

The Florida Association of Equine Practitioners


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Every Horse Needs an Annual Dental Exam, Says the American Association of Equine Practitioners

By Sally Baker

Because proper dental care is vital to a horse’s overall health, the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) is launching a campaign to promote the need for horses to receive a thorough oral examination at least once a year.

It is important to catch dental problems early. Horses with dental problems may show obvious signs, such as pain or irritation, or they may show no noticeable signs at all. But left undiagnosed and untreated, a dental problem can develop into a much more significant health concern. In a 2006 study of horses suffering from chronic weight loss, 20% of the horses experienced weight loss due to dental disorders.* In addition to weight loss, the inability to chew feed into small particles can lead to colic, and the bacteria associated with gum disease in the horse’s mouth can migrate to other areas of the body, similar to what occurs with gum disease in humans.

“Routine dental maintenance is the easiest step an owner can take to prevent a more serious problem from developing,” said AAEP President Eleanor M. Green, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, Dipl. ABVP. “When you schedule vaccinations or a Coggins test for your horse, this is the perfect opportunity to schedule a dental examination with your horse’s veterinarian as well.”