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dirtymartini 08-16-2010 05:59 PM

10 yr old mini's teeth floated for 1st eating w/difficulty
Just had my mini's teeth floated today. The farrier says it looks like they have never been done. Now he is eating VERY slowly...I feel so bad for him, you can tell he is in pain! Is this normal? I had my other mini's teeth floated 6 months ago, and he ate like nothing ever happened.

dirtymartini 08-16-2010 07:16 PM

Ok, I am freaking out...I am almost in tears here! He can barely chew, food keep falling out of his mouth. I called my friend who has a horse, she says maybe his teeth were overfloated. She told me I should never let the farrier float teeth (my farrier is also an "equine dentist" so I thought it was ok.)

He did not use a power tool...I know it is easier to overfloat using a power tool.

So, if he did can that be remedied? I feel just awful, I feel SICK about this.

A little side story...I had his (Boo's) teeth floated because he had a foul smell coming from his mouth. I think he may have an abscess or something. I am going to have a vet out, will call tomorrow...but the farrier (he was here to trim Bruno's hooves) said he might as well float Boo's teeth, because he could feel that they were very sharp, and maybe they are causing a cut in his mouth that got infected. So I said ok, made sense to me...and now the poor baby can barely eat.

PLEASE give me some advice!

wild_spot 08-16-2010 07:38 PM

Relax - it may be that he is just getting used to the new feelings in his mouth. if he had never had his teeth done he probably had some wicked hooks and as you mentioned maybe an abcess. he would have been eating differently to try and avoid the pain, so now he has to re-earn how to eat properly and realise it doesn't hurt.

It might be worth making him some nice, soupy wet feed to eat for now while he gets used to things, so he doesn't have to chew as much.

If it continues, give your vet a call and ask them to check out his mouth.

dirtymartini 08-16-2010 07:47 PM

Thank you so much for responding. I am really feeling terrible right now. When I called my friend, I was sure she was going to say what you just said...and when she starting talking about overfloating, never have the farrier do your horses teeth, etc really scared me! I want to add she is a GREAT friend who always has good advice and is not freaked out by stuff easily. I don't want to make her out to be the villain here. And who knows, maybe she is right. But your response gives me a little hope, that maybe it just feels weird for him and he will get used to it.

Thank you, and I look forward to hearing others' input.

wild_spot 08-16-2010 08:49 PM

Oh, I don't think your friend is a villian at all. It's always hard to judge the situation without being there.

It's really a judgement call. If you think he is really in pain and struffling, get the vet out to give you some peace of mind. If you think he is just uncomfortable and getting used to his new mouth, then make him so warm mushy feeds and give him a day or two and see if he improves.

dirtymartini 08-17-2010 07:09 AM

Thank you soooo much for calming me down. I have been sad all night, and this morning...until I fed him! He is eating MUCH better. I feel like a weight has been lifted off me.

Thank you for helping me not panic. I love this forum!

leonalee 08-17-2010 07:53 AM

Aw - I hope everything turns out okay. I was going to question your farrier floating your horses teeth: just because he uses a file on their feet doesn't mean he is just an expert filer all around, lol. But, yes, in all likelihood he is trying to figure out his new teeth :-) Please find a reputable equine dentist, or a vet certified in equine dentistry next time - not only for the experience and training, but also for the simple fact that they will have answers for you if something doesn't seem "right" afterwards.

dirtymartini 08-17-2010 12:44 PM

Thank you! I know what you mean...about if there is a problem, it would be better if it was a vet because at least he could follow up. My vet did my other mini, charged $120. The farrier/equine dentist yesterday charged $30. I know, I know..."you get what you pay for":oops: but this farrier/equine dentist (he is not *just* a farrier, I want to reiterate that) did my neighbors' show horse for the past 20 years and she is the one who recommended him to me.

From what I understand, and I know darn well I can be VERY wrong, LOL, is that equine dentists spend a long time just studying the mouth and teeth whereas vets spend a shorter time studying that.

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.

Anyway, I am not saying I won't use a vet next time, but I am not 100% sold on the idea. I am curious as to how others feel about this. I may start a new post on the horse health forum.

Thank you again for your input!

corinowalk 08-17-2010 12:52 PM

The reason I use a vet instead of a dentist is that in my state, only vets can sedate. My horse needed sedated so it was a no brainer. I think the right dentist can do it better than a vet. They do have more experience!

dirtymartini 08-17-2010 01:08 PM

You know, I think I read that in FL, only vets can sedate also.

I started a thread on the other board about this. I am curious to hear opinions.

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