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post #1 of 6 Old 06-25-2013, 09:02 AM Thread Starter
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Aged horse sedation


My horse, who is in her mid to late 30's, needs some dental work done, including an extraction of a loose molar. However, she hasn't been sedated in the 10 years I've known her, so I'm a little worried about how she'll do with that. The dentist told me that my options are getting my vet to sedate her or to get dormosadan gel and sedate her myself.

Which would be a better choice based on my situation? Money is definitely a factor and the dentist I've chosen is not inexpensive either.

Of course, I want to do what's best and safest for Lizzie, but I'm a little worried about breaking the bank too!

Any suggestions or recommendations? Also, any advice or good stories about sedation of old horses/extractions to ease my concern would be appreciated
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post #2 of 6 Old 06-25-2013, 09:19 AM
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We had a bunch of older horses as well that where in your same boat. We just made sure that we took are time. We had the vet give the injection slowly a little over time. Just take it easy and go slow dont rush him.
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Get a vet to do it. Start with a lower dose than normal, if it isn't enough a second dose can always be given.
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Use a twitch on her lip. Is this guy a real equine dentist, fully educated? If so then he should know how to work with a twitch. Horses stand quietly when twitched because they are stoned. The speculum holds the mouth open. Talk to him about using a twitch. The tranq that's often used paralyses the horse's tongue until it wears off after about 40 min to an hour. You have to hold the horse so it can't put anything in it's mouth. I had it done that way once, never again.

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Originally Posted by drkate View Post
Get a vet to do it. Start with a lower dose than normal, if it isn't enough a second dose can always be given.

My 25+ TWH has always been drug sensitive (half tablet of Bute drops him to the ground).

He has Equine Metabolic Syndrome, which further upped (or downed) his drug sensitivity

When the vet did physicals, a few weeks back, this horse needed his back molars worked on. The vet did him first because he needed tranq'd. That way, he could do the physicals on the other three while watching this guy, who needed so little Happy Juice that it wouldn't have phased the whiskers on a Mini

My horse couldn't even hold his head up, so the vet took the halter off him, and had the vet assistant rest Duke's head on his shoulder while he filed. No speculum either and that means no twitch.

As much as you fuss with Lizzie and as calm/sensible as she is, she should not need to be twitched.

Just have the vet drug her, for sure, and ask him to do give her a little at a time. If he could stay an extra 30 minutes to make sure she comes out of the Happy Juice ok, that would be even better

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post #6 of 6 Old 06-25-2013, 02:26 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you for the replies!

I'll call the vet tomorrow and see if I can get them out at the same time as the dentist. I'll make sure they start slow and give her a small dose until/if she shows that she needs more.

If it was floating that she acted up during, then I would use a twitch. But for an extraction, I'd rather have her sedated to reduce risk.

Thanks again for the advice, I appreciate it and Liz will too!
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