Floating Goat’s Teeth
Floating goat’s teeth is part of pioneering the world of goats in health, wellness, and longevity. Marc has been experimenting with increasing the packing life of his goats by occasionally floating their teeth. A common practice with horses but not for goats. A goat’s lifespan is limited by its ability to digest food properly. Check out this article on how the digestive system of goats works. Being ruminants, the ability to chew cud is vital to their ability to absorb nutrients. Over time, with repetitive chewing, goats’ teeth from sharp high ridges limiting the effectiveness of their chewing. Floating teeth is the process of removing the high, sharp points and restoring a more natural chewing surface. Floating goats’ teeth may be the gateway to increased longevity and vigor.
Merciless is going on 7 years old and this is the second time his teeth have been floated. He has a habit of grinding his teeth. For some goats, teeth grinding can be evidence they are in pain but Mercy seems to have made it a habit. The teeth of his bottom jaw have formed a wave wear-pattern that may need to be addressed by an equine dental specialist. My vet was able to correct the majority of the issue but did recognize that wear pattern forming. Merciless was given a light sedative prior to this procedure as well as the reversal after it was over. I’m hopeful little tricks like this open the door to longer healthy lives for goats. So far, my oldest pack goat is 11 years old and still leads the string. For more helpful videos check out our YouTube Channel.