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post #1 of 8 Old 09-12-2013, 11:37 PM Thread Starter
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Pulled wolf tooth sat on artery..LOTS of blood

Vet came out today to float my horses teeth today. When he got to my 2 yr old, he said wolf teeth needed pulled. Holy moly! Apparently, the tooth sat on an artery, and when it came out, blood started pouring from his mouth. (To get an idea of the amount of blood and the rate it was coming out, think of dumping a full pitcher of water out....) The vet said that hes pulled probably close to a thousand wolf teeth, and this is only the 3rd time hes seen this happen. He bled heavily like that for about 5 minutes before it slowed and eventually stopped. He is fine, thank God! he gave me something to give him once a day for 4 days in case blood got into his lungs (he also ended up being sensitive to the drugs and went down for a few minutes). I took these horses in about a year ago, because they were being starved, so this was my first experience with floats and extractions. He came highly recommended from dozens of people on a local FB horse group, and he explained everything that was happening, and why, but I am curious if anyone has ever seen something like this. Thanks!
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Never seen that before, or heard of it. Bet it was scary! Glad I've already had both my boys wolf teeth out or it'd give me something else to worry about.

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I've never seen it. According to my vet it is rare but he warns you in advance in the event so you don't panic or if you are a fainter you have the option to bow out gracefully.
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Yeah it's not a pretty sight- we know how much bigger a horse is than us hence much more blood, but every time I observe a heavy bloody surgery I'm amazed at just how much can come out.

I had to do a cryo on my horse in the most obscure spot and the rod ended up getting stuck to his flesh, the vet goes "well this is the second time this has happened to me in forty years!" I hate it when they say those things- he ended up being ok and it released after a few minutes but that was the only time I've been shaken up during a procedure..crazy stuff.

Hope your baby heals up nicely! Sounds like they have a nice caring owner loving on them now :)
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post #5 of 8 Old 09-13-2013, 04:54 PM
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It's really important to know how your horse responds to sedatives. My mare is fairly petite, so vet gave her a half dose last time she was floated, and even that almost made her go down. We've got a note in her file now that she needs a very low dose (would have to go to my records to remember exactly what it is). Sounds like now you know you need to warn a vet ahead of time to take it easy with sedation.
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My previous vet had just come back from the vet convention when it was time to do my stallion's teeth as a 2 yo. She said they had discussed wolf teeth, and research had shown they usually were shed between 3 and 4 yrs, so we left his to see, and sure enough, they fell out!

Sorry you had a bleeder!

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post #7 of 8 Old 09-13-2013, 05:32 PM
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All 3 of the horses i own now didnt have wolf teeth as two year olds. An Appy filly i got for free did but i sold her 6 months later so never had to deal with it.

Some other horses iv owned had wolf teeth pulled never had them bleed like that. Glad your boy is over that sounds scary.
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post #8 of 8 Old 09-13-2013, 06:35 PM
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I have seen it once. In all reality what looks like. Lot of blood is not very much!
A lot of blood is when a horse breaks a blood vessel and has a bad bleed and you are collecting the blood in a bucket!
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