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    08-05-2010, 01:01 PM
Originally Posted by Equus_girl    
I found out from the vet's secretary that the float would be $175-$275 depending on how bad the teeth were. Then there is a $100 farm call charge. Berdi would probably be in the $275 range as her teeth are fairly bad.

The dentist charges $180 for the float and $100 for the farm call. I'm thinking of going with him actually. He's been in the business for 20 years and I'm sure he knows his stuff.
OMG! THOSE are very high. I know you are in Canada, but I thought the $ difference is not that huge. My vet charges $80 for the float + farm call of course, but since I also do shots and coggins in same time I consider farm call as something "a must" even without the floating. I believe dentists around charge about the same.
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    08-05-2010, 01:05 PM
Originally Posted by MyBoyPuck    
I'd go dentist over vet in a second. Vet's spend about 2 weeks learning about teeth, while dentist's have far more knowledge. My dentist spends a few months a year out in Montana working on rounded up Mustang's teeth. He knows so much about my horse's mouth, my eyes glaze over. I've seen a few local dentists do teeth. Most of them spend about 15 minutes in there and call it a day. Dentist all the way.
I hardly can believe that out of all these years of education only 2 weeks are designated to the teeth. I going to ask my vet as I'm really curious now.
    08-05-2010, 01:42 PM
I use my vet, he does the "swiss" float, which is a power float (grider attached to a drill) and he does sedate them. I find the power floats last longer and seem to get to the teeth better, especially the ones in the back. He then finishes off with the hand tools as needed. I love the way he lets me feel the before and after result...horses teeth can really get quite sharp. I have just started adding this to my annual vacination visits. My farm call fee is normally 60 and the float ranges from 100-200 depending upon how much sedation is required for the horse. My neighbors horse took 3 shots (a mustang) to get her doped enough to work on, and she wouldnt deal with the drill, so he ended up doing hers all by hand. Now my TWH got his float ,sheath cleaned, shots, coggins, for 253. I just don't see my horses standing there thru teeth floating without sedation, but I have heard of some horses that will.
    08-05-2010, 03:18 PM
LOL! Now I'm not sure! I just got a call back from the vet (it was the vet herself this time) and she said that she would quote the cost at around $300. That includes travel time which she said is about $75. So my overall cost going with her would be about the same as the dentist - less expense on travel time though.

I don't know. I'm sure she knows her stuff and would do a good job - but the dentist may have more experience. However I wouldn't mind having the vet look at a lump on Berdi's knee (from and old injury). It doesn't really bother her and she doesn't limp but she can be a bit stiff picking it up. So I could ask her those kinds of things which I couldn't with the dentist.

Hmmmm... help me decide! I'm now leaning towards the vet but am still not sure!
    08-05-2010, 04:01 PM
Does the dentist have the ability to sedate if necessary?
Do you know if your horse will behave for the dentist if they can not sedate?

I would say (since I believe you do not know how the horse will be) go with someone who has the ability to sedate if necessary. You want to make sure things are done in the least stressful way possible. Plus, do you really want to pay for the dentist to come there, fight with your horse (that you know needs lots of dental work) and end up not getting the job done?
    08-05-2010, 04:17 PM
If you board, you could always try to split the farm call with someone. To think, I complain about how expensive my vet is and she's like half what yours charged. My vet bill was $165. That included all spring shots, a coggins draw and teeth floating WITH sedation!

I personally like to have the vet out for these kinds of things. I know they may not be as experienced as a dentist but they can help with everything. A dentist isn't going to be able to tell you if that bump is something to be worried about or not.
    08-05-2010, 04:48 PM
The dentist told me that he can and is authorized to sedate horses. So that wouldn't be the problem. However I do like the idea of having a vet out and giving me some advice on this bump on her leg. Floating must be much more expensive here than in the U.S. - I really am surprised it is this much though!! Oh, well, I had better keep working I guess! LOL!
    08-05-2010, 11:43 PM
I always worry that someone can sedate a horse, but with what medication? Anyone can sedate a horse with Ace or something like that. A vet can do IV"s. Can your dentist do IV's? Is he capable if the horse has a reaction to treat it quickly and reverse the meds he gave. If the horse collapses, will he have stuff on his truck to revive the horse?
I always worry when sedating a horse without a vet present, things can and do happen on occasion, and I would be much relieved is something did happen that the vet has his/her truck and medications on hand to take care of any emergency.
    08-06-2010, 07:57 AM
I do not think it is so much that dentals are cheaper in the US. I think it is an area by area thing.

There is a poster on one BB that I sometimes check in to that is always carrying on about how keeping horses in Canada costs next to nothing.

I do not think those costs are crazy. I am sure if I added up the farm call, the float and the sedation my bill would be close to that. I just choose to not know what the numbers are.
    08-06-2010, 10:43 AM
Yes, I'm sure every area is a bit different. I think I may have to do that too Alwaysbehind - just not notice what the price is!! Horses can be costly but they are sure worth it!

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