View Full Version : Teeth time - vet or dentist?

18-05-01, 03:46 AM
Well it's that time of year again for the mob. Thankfully they don't know it because there would most likely anarchy in my paddock if they did! :-) What I was wondering is, who do you choose to use to get your horses teeth done - vet or equine dentist?

18-05-01, 03:58 AM
Last year I had a dentist, this year the vet. Both were good. But only if the vet is an equine vet - otherwise they don't get enough practice. The vet can also sedate the horse and will often have more extreme tools for really bad cases.

? (Guest)
18-05-01, 06:11 AM
Goes to show how stupid I am, never knew that vets did teeth! So you can probably guess what my answer is???

jw (Guest)
18-05-01, 06:25 AM
Dentist! They will get a vet if needed. I'd rather have someone who does it regularly than someone who has hardly any training in the area and so much else they are expected to be able to do, horses for courses so to speak. Choose a Dentist from the Equine Dentists Association of Australia if possible.

18-05-01, 10:29 AM
A vet. For example we had a dentist out the agistment place and he did a number of the horses. He gave a good price apparently. But, within 6 -12 months when the vet came out to do ours and a selection of the others that had been done by the dentist, it was unanimous (sp) those done by the dentist needed quite extensive work, ours that were done by the vet 12 months ago didn't need much work at all. It seems the dentist only looked at the front section and missed all those overhanging bits at the back and side. But as we all know there the goodies in both professions. Besides vets can administer drugs which makes it much easier for the horse. But they do cost an awful lot more than teh dentist. What is the saying "you pay peanuts... you get monkeys" :)

Jan Heine (Guest)
18-05-01, 12:16 PM
Hey guys my General Practitioner Doctor is also trained "lightly" in dentistry but I go to a dentist - I do however go to a qualified dentist and do the same for my horses - I use Mark Burnel (in Victoria) and Nick Roberts and both are exceptional horwsemen and I have never yet seen them "NEED" to sedate a horse and they always seem to have the right tools for the job.

I am always impressed with these guys - the policy is they don't charge to see if the horse needs anything doing and I have seen them so often say - nope doesn't need any work - and that impresses me - they are not hungry for the dollar - are exceptional dentists - remember form one visit to the next what they did last time and which horses have which things which need checking - I know there are lousy dentists out there who are cheaper and I wouldn't use them - and I think you will find that they are probably not qualified - a lot of "backyard farriers" also do teeth - but again I wouldn't use them.

Ring the association and find out the registered ones and give them a try - and the best idea as to whether the dentist has done the "right" job is how the horse feels "in your hands" before and after.

KT (Guest)
19-05-01, 01:36 AM
Hi, GET THE DENTIST! it is cheaper then the vet and they specialise in Teeth!
You don't go to the doctor with a tooth ache, then neither should the horse.
Dentists are cheaper and MUCH better!

Jan Heine (Guest)
19-05-01, 02:47 AM
and just had some further thoughts - regarding Jills comments about the horses needing extensive work 6 - 12 months later - both my stallions are seen by the dentist every 6 months and it really cannot be a day later than the 6 months - why - you may well suggest that the dentist is no good - but that is not the case - they are on very high grain diets and this makes a huge difference to their teeth - there are so many factors to consider when owning horses today - we have domesticated them and changed everything that is natural about them - including what we feed them - and that in tunr makes a huge difference to what we need to do to accomodate the changes we make in their ntural lifestyle - and part of this is getting their teeth checked as often as they need it - so some horses will need checking every 6 months - whereas others are 12 months - depends so much on their environment , the feed, the amount of foraging they do, the type of feed they are on and so on and so on.

impressed (Guest)
19-05-01, 05:05 AM
Just had Nick Roberts out cause mark was busy. Impressed and cute too. If only I was 15 years younger!!!!

ES (Guest)
19-05-01, 07:12 AM
One question - Would you take yourself to your family doctor if you were having trouble with your teeth. That's your answer. If you can get hold of a good, trained horse dentist your laughing. If one is not available then go to the Vet. I agree with Jan. Our horses in work are done every six months only those out on pasture (ie the retirees) are done every 12 months unless they are aged and need doing more regularly.

LindaH (Guest)
19-05-01, 07:50 AM
I use Peter Grainey (sp?). He is a qualified vet and equine dental specialist. He's patient, kind and an excellent horseman. I don't use my normal vet because he does not do teeth often enough and is not up to date with new equine dental techniques, same goes for my farrier who will also do teeth if asked. There are a lot of cowboys out there now who do a short course and then call themselves equine dential dental experts. Don't let anyone with power tools near your horses teeth, they can kill the tooth by overheating it.

Foxey (Guest)
19-05-01, 03:42 PM
Dentist! No anaesthesia is necessary when you have someone who is able and knowledgable.

Fi (Guest)
20-05-01, 01:08 PM
I now use the dentist every time. I had them done by the vet once and he needed to sedate them, the dentist (Gary Dowling - ACT and now Mark B - Vic) haven't needed to do this. But like anything - make sure you get a good one!!