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post #1 of 6 Old 07-29-2009, 11:26 AM Thread Starter
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Floating Teeth

Dixie has started to choke a bit on her food. I know she has needed her teeth floated. Made a vet appt. For next Tuesday morning to have both her's and Gandy's teeth floated.

Unfortunately it's with the vet I don't like. The vet I do like was booked and couldn't come for three weeks. I want to get it done before I leave for vacation next week so the girls taking care of her don't have any problems with her choking.
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post #2 of 6 Old 07-29-2009, 11:34 AM
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If she's not choking excessively I would wait for the good vet. A bad dentist can do more harm than doing nothing at all in my opinion.
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post #3 of 6 Old 07-29-2009, 03:15 PM
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If she's not choking excessively I would wait for the good vet. A bad dentist can do more harm than doing nothing at all in my opinion.
Sorry - chronic choke is not good at all. I would not wait.

I get the impression the OP and the scheduled vet don't see eye to eye. Not that s/he is a 'bad' vet.
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Why don't you like this vet?
If he knows what he is doing, I would use him. I don't like to let teeth wait especially in a situation like yours.
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post #5 of 6 Old 07-29-2009, 07:00 PM Thread Starter
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Had a few disagreements with this vet over the care of the old mare we recently had to put down. This vet did not seem to want to listen to what I was telling her about the horse, basically told me my blacksmith was an idiot, and was just not very cooperative with us with the care the old horse required.

To make a long story short... the horse had a very bad hoof abcess that we were trying to treat. The horse also had a neurological problem that was causing a real problem in just treating her (she couldn't stand well, losing her balance, walked backwards in circles in her stall for 24 hours). The blacksmith told me what to do given the horses condition, knowing we could NOT soak her foot or hold it up for very long. Blacksmith is a long time friend and he's been doing my horses for over 20 years, and he is the the blacksmith all the vets recommend, so vet was way out of line.

A few days later, the old horse had a major neurological event (i.e., a stroke) and could not use her rear end and had to be put down by the vet I like.

I'm sure the vet I don't care for is an okay vet, but wish I could have gotten the one I like. But I don't want Dixie choking on her food longer than necessary. She just started doing this a couple days ago. I'm wetting her food to help with the situation until we can get her teeth looked at and fixed.

And now you know the rest of the story :)
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post #6 of 6 Old 07-29-2009, 07:28 PM
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Sorry - chronic choke is not good at all. I would not wait.

I get the impression the OP and the scheduled vet don't see eye to eye. Not that s/he is a 'bad' vet.
that's why I said if she's not chocking excessively...chronic choke would be excessively to me. If she is dribbling a little food and coughing a little (not full body cough) I would wait. Just my honest opinion. Of course I've had a recent bad luck with a new vet...so will be travelling 4 hours for my dentist from now on. I don't know...to me going to a mediocre vet because of urgency in a non-emergency situation is just like calling Billy Bob from down the road to nail on a new shoe even though he has no farrier training just because "its time to get it done."

Chronic choke is different altogether and should be taken care of immediately.
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