Simon had his teefs done yesterday. I was told he had a lovely mouth, and typically only needs routine stuff done. This is great, because there are many other parts of his body that aren’t quite so lovely.
The dentist said that some of the head flipping I’ve seen during my recent rides could be attributed to his teeth. It had been 13 months, so they weren’t terrible by any means but he had some irritating rubbing on his tongue on one side. That’ll be taken care of now, and in a few days he should feel like a new creature… at least dentally.
When I first started out in horse ownership, I used my regular vet for dentist work. It wasn’t until I went to college and learned about all things fancy show horse that I even realized there was such a thing as an equine dentist. Since then, I haven’t gone back to using a regular vet.
Philosophically I like to use vets for their specialties. It’s only logical that someone who only does majority teeth is going to be better than someone who does teeth and tummies and legs and whatever.
There are also some cool perks to using an equine dentist over a vet. The one we use in Texas brings her own stocks, and has everything set up super efficiently. I also like that she’s very quiet and patient with the horses.
If my horse were to not have a lovely mouth, I’d feel confident that my dentist could handle most abnormalities. With a regular vet, I might have to end up seeing a specialist anyway which is almost always more expensive. Multiple visits and multiple shots of happy drugs add up!
After the visit, I get a detailed report about Simon’s mouth. It makes 0 sense to me, but I put it in a file and know that his teeth are taken care of. Anything to keep the nerd horse’s needs met.
So what about you – do you use an equine dentist or regular vet for your dental work?