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post #1 of 50 Old 11-29-2011, 06:44 PM Thread Starter
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Teeth Floating?

So I have an appointment with the vet to come out to float Moose's teeth and remove his wolf teeth. She came out a few weeks ago to do his rabies and do a check up. This was my first time using this new vet and I wasn't all too pleased with the service. The vet was very blunt and dry with her words and didn't explain things all too well but she got everything done that I asked. I was thinking about switching vets since I wasn't too pleased with her but I figured she only needs to come out once a year for shots, she got everything done like I had asked; and I have heard that she is a pretty good vet from other people I know.

Now, when she did the check up she looked over his teeth and said they need to be floated. They aren't terrible but should be done and he definitely needs his wolf teeth removed as I know it is causing discomfort when I ride him with a bit.

I was talking to the BM today and I told him that the vet's office is charging me about $250 to come out and have his teeth floated and wolf teeth removed.
Call out charge: $50
Sedation: $50
Wolf teeth removed: $30 per tooth so $30x 2= $60
Power Floating: $90

My BM was appalled at the price! The barn has an equine dentist come out once a year for the boarders to have there horses teeth done but I missed him this year. Now is this price ridiculous? My last two horses didn't need there teeth done so I'm not familiar with what power floating goes for....
I'm in New York and my BM told me to shop around for a better price because 1. $250 is super expensive (according to what he usually pays) and 2. he told me to never let the vet do floatings because they try to up the price extensively and they don't even teach them how to float teeth properly in vet school. *shrugs*

He has an Equine Dentist come out and he told me he has never seen the guy charge more then $75 and doesn't sedate the horses.

Anybody from New York out there? Opinions? I mean I think $250 is pretty steep of a price to have teeth done but then again I've never had to get any of my horses done so I'm pretty clueless on this subject.

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post #2 of 50 Old 11-29-2011, 08:09 PM
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well normally you get teeth done as part of a normal annual checkup and shots, so you cant really say the farm call is part of the price, $50 isnt bad, You could trailer to the vet if you like. $90 for a float seems about right, cant remember if they charge extra for sedation. You have to watch some of the socalled equine dentists. He's not sedating most likely because he isnt liscensed to do it. Reputable equine dentist techs tend to work with a vet that handle that type of stuff.
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post #3 of 50 Old 11-29-2011, 08:15 PM
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I'm not from New York, but it did cost me about $250 to get Lacey's teeth done this last spring - farm call, sedation, power float, all that. however, I got a pretty good deal for my $250 since the first time the vet came out to do Lacey's teeth, she used her preferred sedative which ended up not putting Lacey out hardly at all (and Lacey was throwing a HUGE fit). The vet came back out a few days later, free of charge, used a different sedative (and a lot of it! haha) and got the job done.
The second farm call, all the sedation, etc everything but the actual float was free because it was a second attempt so I like to think that I got a pretty good deal! haha

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post #4 of 50 Old 11-29-2011, 08:25 PM
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I've owned my horse since April, and found she was due for a float in June. My Vet (who is really good!) charged $65.00 for a routine hand float, and $28.00 for sedation. Farm call was $35.00. So, I paid $128.00 total, and my horse received excellent care. I definately think $250.00 is expensive, even with the additional wolf teeth removal I didn't have to have. If it were me, I'd shop around.
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post #5 of 50 Old 11-29-2011, 08:54 PM Thread Starter
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Joe4d- i couldn't trailer out i don't own a trailer and neither does the barn i board at.

I'm in NY so everything is expensive here! haha. ill shop around but keep my appointment as it isn't until next Tuesday.

any other opinions are greatly appreciated!

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post #6 of 50 Old 11-29-2011, 09:00 PM
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Sounds about what I get charged in Wisconsin. $50 isn't a lot for a farm call or sedation IMO. I don't know how much wolf teeth usually cost though.
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I live in CA but paid about 230 a week ago to have our mares teeth done. 55 for vet call. 200 for sedation and power float and he also gave her a checkup. He knocked 25 off for a referall since I called him once to stitch my friends horse up. But then the universe smiled on us, we had been talking with him telling him how we saved my moms mare and how it's been hard since my mom got laid off (ugh!) and needs heart surgery. He only charged us for the visit and the sedation. He said he has funds he can use for rescue horses and this is the type of situation he'd use them for. Tried to pay the full amount but he'd have none of it. Best. Vet. In. The. World. Plus he did an awesome job and explained everything.
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We just had the vet out to do Beau's teeth two weeks ago....

Total price for the visit:

Farm call: $75 ( a one hour drive, he comes in from a neighboring state)
Power float: $150
sedation: $35

For a grand total of $260

Expensive yes, but I LOVE this new vet. He is friendly, doesn't rush off like he's got somewhere better to be, answers any and all questions, explains what he's doing and why, sends follow up emails, does a follow up call a week later, specializes in horse nutrition and dentistry, and does thorough exams.

at our ex farm, we used the "equine dentist" that the BO called in. I was horrified when it was all over. He was fat, with a long greasy ponytail, told off color stories in front of the other boarder's two young daughters, stuck his hand in the horse's mouth and started filing away without EVER actually LOOKING in there....he just felt around, decided what to file and moved on to the next horse. The floating took less than five minutes. Seriously. From start to finish....five minutes.

And he only charged $35 dollars.

You get what you pay for.

Now we are at another farm where we are the only boarders, and I went vet shopping. I chose this new vet due to his knowledge and special interest in equine nutrition and dentistry.

When I met him, I was glad I chose him. he makes you feel like he sees it as an HONOR that you allow him to work on your horse...

OH, and he gives you a super cool "welcome" package with a weight tape, pamphlets and Dvds on horse care and dentistry.
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A little high, but not awful. We haul to a an equine vet who specialized in dentistry and pay $135, all-inclusive (but I've never had one need teeth pulled, either). I don't trust equine dentists who haven't gone through extensive training, and I also don't trust vets who haven't made an extra effort to learn about teeth. And I don't care what anyone says: I flat out do not believe you can do a good, safe floating job without sedating the horse.
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post #10 of 50 Old 11-30-2011, 12:57 AM
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Originally Posted by Beauseant View Post
He was fat, with a long greasy ponytail, told off color stories in front of the other boarder's two young daughters,
Off-topic, but.....is this really relevant? I'd judge someone on the quality of work they do, not their appearance and demeanor.
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