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post #1 of 9 Old 03-06-2011, 09:05 AM Thread Starter
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Talking Equine Dentistry - EqDT or Vet?

Hi all!

I'm curious as to everyone's schedule for dentistry on their horse's and if they use a Vet or an Dental Tech. I have always used a dental tech and now I have just finished school and am a dental tech myself. Please post what your schedule is, who you use (Vet or EqDT) and why.


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post #2 of 9 Old 03-06-2011, 12:30 PM
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My schedule is once a year in Spring. I used an equine dentist who is wonderful, but sadly aging. I would rather use a specialists if I have that option.
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post #3 of 9 Old 03-06-2011, 12:32 PM
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i have their teeth checked every 6 months. i have a coming 5yo, coming 6yo, and 22yo so i like to check often. they usually only get done once a year though. i use my regular vet for denistry. i would be more likely to use a specialist if my horses had issues with their teeth.

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post #4 of 9 Old 03-06-2011, 01:40 PM
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I use an Equine Dentist every Easter Sunday right now if and when he thinks I need to do every six months I will helps that his step mom is my vet and backs him 110%

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post #5 of 9 Old 03-06-2011, 01:45 PM
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I do once/year just before I start riding again in spring. I used vets for several years and was satisfied with their job, but I gave a try to the eq dentist this year (who does very fancy horses at my trainer's place, so she recommended him to me). I was very pleased with the way he worked. Definitely way more gentle and polite with the horse than either vet I used. However the disadvantage of using a dentist (for me at least) that I have to combine dentist and vet to give the sedation. But I plan on calling him out again next year. :)

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post #6 of 9 Old 03-06-2011, 01:52 PM
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i use my vet for teeth, she does a lovely job for a good price. I get my boy's teeth done every 6 months, usually in January/February and July/August.
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post #7 of 9 Old 03-06-2011, 02:06 PM
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I use a dentist who is also a vet so she can give the sedation. I have them done once a year at the end of summer.
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post #8 of 9 Old 03-06-2011, 09:18 PM
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We used the vet for Flicka and I was not happy, we used an equine dentist for Red the other day and he was awesome. He sedated him and floated him, said his teeth needed it badly, so we'll be going to every six months on him, Flicka we do yearly.
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post #9 of 9 Old 03-06-2011, 09:33 PM
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I use a vet that does a hand float and floats a lot of horses. She does a really good job. I have used equine dentists before and I don't find it very nice because they can't sedate the horses (or at least I don't let anyone but a vet sedate my horses because of possible reactions). I am also not a fan of power floats. I do mature horses every year or so. My guy gets done every 6-12 months depending on need (I have him checked about every 6 mos).

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