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post #11 of 16 Old 12-14-2007, 12:49 AM
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Teeth should be checked at least once a year. Some horses can go longer in between floatings and some need them more often, just depending on the conformation of their jaws---just like people they can have teeth that don't meet up correctly and this can lead to more uneven wear. Just feeling with your finger won't tell you if you need your horse's teeth done. The teeth extend way back into the jaw and unless you can stick your hand back in there up to the middle of your forearm, you are going to be missing some of them when you try to check. You also get only a part of the picture by checking the outside edges of the teeth as hooks often form on the "inside" or "tongue side" of the teeth. This is why you should have your horse's teeth checked by a vet who uses a speculum which allows for a better look and feel of the premolars and molars.

It is fairly common practice to float teeth at the same time as doing vaccinations and drawing blood for testing.

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post #12 of 16 Old 12-14-2007, 09:04 AM
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I do some vaccinations (not all!), teeth and coggins in same time by my vet. In this case if he gives calming shot for teeth, and it also work good for example for intranasal rhino shot (which they don't like much and try to fight),
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post #13 of 16 Old 12-14-2007, 12:36 PM
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I am not trying to sound stupid (althought I might). Does anyone know is it safe to have a horse's teeth done the same day as vaccinations and coggins? I know they usually give my mare a pretty strong sedative for it so I don't know if they would have some sort of reaction if used the same day?
There's no problems with doing both in the same day. Just make sure to be up front with your vet so that they know to take the coggins blood work before doing the float.

Might as well do a sheath cleaning that same day too! (For the boy horses, that is! )

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post #14 of 16 Old 12-14-2007, 01:17 PM
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There's no reason that you can't draw blood after floating the teeth.

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post #15 of 16 Old 12-15-2007, 07:33 AM Thread Starter
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The sedative they give her wouldn't affect blood work then?
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post #16 of 16 Old 12-17-2007, 07:58 AM
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Actually, it's a good question. My vet draw blood first, and then he gave cedative for teeth floating and rhino. A good vet should of known what (s)he is doing. :)
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