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What to Expect

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To book us

If you have already used us then you would get a text message from us to remind you that your horse is due its dental check up. Then you can either contact us by email or phone the practice manager for an appointment that is at a convenient time for you. We can normally get to you within a couple of weeks depending on the time of year. However, if you have a problem with a horse and need us more urgently then we will do our utmost to get there within a few days.

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The dental check up

When we arrive at your yard we will find out some information about the horse including age, its job, how it is performing and eating, and how it is to treat.

We will then spend time in the box with the horse so it becomes more accustomed to us. We palpate around the head feeling for any odd swellings, heat spots or soreness. Then the gag(speculum) is put on the horse when it is felt that the horse is ready and relaxed enough.

The mouth is then inspected by hand and by sight using our specialised head light. We will then formulate a treatment plan and encourage the owner to see and feel (if brave enough) what has to be done. We will also point out any soreness in the mouth whether it be caused by the dentition or by bitting and advise on any preventative solutions.

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The treatment

Normally the treatment is quite routine. That is to say that the work required is normally the removal of sharp enamel points and the reduction of small focal overgrowths. We would normally start with manual hand floats (rasps) as we feel that more horses prefer this method rather than the use of power instruments. Very rarely do we need any sedation.

If we find that there is an abnormality or more advanced work is necessary then we will advise you at the time. This may require the use of power instruments, which can normally be done without sedation depending on the horse. If however we feel that sedation is required then we would have to come back on a different day with a vet to sedate. This is because it is illegal for anyone other than a vet to sedate someone else's animal.

If the abnormality is chronic we may advise that the work is carried out gradually over two or three sessions over the year so as to not cause further problems by taking too much off in one go, just as a farrier would with a remedial case.

Sometimes it may be necessary for a tooth/part of a tooth to be extracted. In which case, we would liaise with your vet regarding a suitable plan. It may be necessary to have the tooth x rayed first or for the tooth to be extracted under sedation with pain relief.

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Aftercare

Once we have completed the treatment we will always offer to the owner the chance to see and feel the work that we have carried out.

A dental chart is then produced which will show you what we have done and what is the plan for the future together with any aftercare which may be necessary. If anything is unclear then we are always available to help on the phone if necessary.

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