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  • Vet release to float teeth
  • What is the law to practice equine dentistry in bc

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    08-18-2010, 08:07 AM
Originally Posted by dirtymartini    
"I will give you an example, the first one I can think of. I occasionally get botox between my eyebrows. I have friends that will ONLY go to a plastic surgeon for this. They are paying a premium because his time and office is worth a lot of money. However, the surgeon usually only does it (meaning is available for botox patients)one day a week. The spa that I go to, the woman does it every day, all day long. I feel more comfortable going to her than to a PS, and I pay less, too."
When I did teeth on my girls for the 1st time I talked to my vet and ask him that question (and as I said vet charges same amount as dentist, so no difference money-wise here). He said it's easy enough that something may go wrong - say person with little experience/knowledge may rasp off too much.

Iride brought up a very good point. My paint on her first floating broke the vet's tool (whatever that thing is to keep their mouth open wide), even though she was IV sedated. Could she hurt herself when she went crazy? Easily. Will the dentist be able to deal with her injury something would happen? No. But the vet would.
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    08-18-2010, 08:00 PM
Here in BC, it is illegal for anyone to provide equine dentistry services if they are not a registered DVM.

Just some food for thought!!
    08-19-2010, 11:25 PM
Personally, we use an equine dentist. In our area, they are more knowledgeable about teeth than a vet. Plus, they cost less. Our experience with vets floating teeth is that they don't do a good job (like only doing half of the mouth). I'm pretty sure that our dentist has a little bit of background in the vet field, but they specialize in dentistry and they do a GREAT job! They even let me keep my horses canine tooth (well, the part that he chopped off).
    08-19-2010, 11:30 PM
Green Broke
I have a vet that is also trained as an equine dentist. Best combination. I can't imagine a farrier doing it.
    08-20-2010, 02:22 PM
I'v went to an Equine Dentist for floating and he found hidden wolf teeth that my vet had never found before..After that she was way better when I rode her. I'd say that if he had the right qualifications I'd use the dentist.
    08-20-2010, 02:36 PM
Originally Posted by Carleen    
Here in BC, it is illegal for anyone to provide equine dentistry services if they are not a registered DVM.
Yep. Minnesota has a law that the dentists have to be licensed equine vets to perform dental work. There is ONE individual that is grandfathered in. But he is not allowed to administer sedation.

My husbands mare is an idiot when it comes to dental work (she is blonde). She HAS to be tranqed to even get a peek in her mouth.

We are very very fortunate that our vet practice has experts in all fields. (10 doctors)
    08-20-2010, 03:19 PM
Originally Posted by iridehorses    
My thoughts are that just because a person has a veterinary degree, does not qualify him (her) to float teeth. They have to study the methods the same way a farrier does.
The thing is any non DVM can hang out a shingle saying he's qualified, but unless you actually see his credentials it's all hear-say. At least with a vet I know they've had the education.
    08-20-2010, 06:28 PM
Originally Posted by G and K's Mom    
At least with a vet I know they've had the education.
... as a general vet but dental work is a specialty and needs an additional course of study or he may be no better at it then farrier. Would you go to a regular dr to have your teeth checked?
    08-23-2010, 11:13 AM
My point Iride, which I guess I didn't articulate well, is that with a DVM dental work is part of their curriculum. They must take and pass that portion of their education or they don't graduate. Anyone other than a DVM can "say" they are equine dentist, but how do you really know unless you ask for their college credentials.

As someone else from British Columbia posted, it's illegal for anyone other than a DVM to do dental work on horses here. There's a reason for that........horse's mouths were being damaged by so called Equine Dentists.
    08-23-2010, 11:23 AM
Thanks for the info, G&K, I'm surprised to know that dental care is part of the licensing for a DVM.

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