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‘Tis the Season… EQUINE DENTAL SPECIALS happen NOW! My vet came today.






It is the season for vets to hold their Dental Specials.

Maybe all of you know this already.  I didn’t… so, that’s why I’m telling you.

Usually, they do ‘2 for 1’… Or, they might say that ‘all sedation is free’.  If you have horses that are difficult to sedate, this would be good because sedation can get expensive!

I have no idea what you vet has going, but it would be worth a call.  Even if you are full for December, they usually honor the deal through January if you make the appointment this month.  Just make sure to ask.

Vets have Dental Specials because they want the business during the slow time of year.   In Spring and Summer, they are inundated with all the other kinds of calls.  So, better to get dentistry done when veterinarian dentists have lots of time to be patient and careful.

You want to make sure your equine dentist uses a stand so the horse can rest his chin.  Power tools are nice because they make things move along faster... but they can be jarring.

You want to make sure your equine dentist uses a stand so the horse can rest his chin (some just use a rope and hoist the head up – a bit harsh and the horse can be sore afterwards). Power tools are nice because they make things move along faster… but they can be jarring.  Less sedation is best.  Also, don’t jam the speculum in and open it wide – very stressful and the horse’s jaw hurts afterwards.

MAKE SURE YOU GET A VET WHO LIKES TO DO DENTISTRY…

My father was a dentist… I know it takes a certain ‘knack’ to understand how surfaces work together.  One has to be a bit engineeringlike and a bit gadgety.

So, make sure you find out which vet actually prefers dentistry.  Sure, they can all float teeth, but do they understand the mechanics and can they ‘see’ the issues?  I always ask them if they like doing it.

If they don’t give me a confident answer, I move on.

Also, your local teaching vet hospital might have even cheaper specials – but you might also get a student.  So, that’s up to you.

Anyway, it is rare to find an equine dentist who can do this without sedation.  So, the next best thing is to find one with sensitivity and patience – as well as knowhow.

Today, I had exactly that.  I have found a new, young vet who loves to do dentistry, is patient with the sedation (and the individuals in front of her), and also loves-on and talks to the horses like I do!

I lucked out!  She did a great job.

We did the older horses first so that the vet could make sure they recovered well.  Dodger (on right) is in his late 20s.  He was done today and recovered well.  He needed it.  He had ulcers in his cheeks from sharp teeth.   I'm so glad we did him...

We did the older horses first so that the vet could make sure they recovered well. Dodger (on right) is in his late 20s. He was done today and recovered well. He needed it. He had ulcers in his cheeks from sharp teeth. I’m so glad we did him…  (His tongue is sticking out by chance.  It wasn’t the dentistry.  I think he was licking his lips after drinking.)

THEY WORKED WITH THE FACILITIES WE HAD HERE

We did 6 horses today, but I only have 2 stalls in my barn – and MT lives in the aisleway.

We needed a space to do the work (set up the chin stand for the horse and the tools) and a recovery area (with absolutely no food available for them to choke )for a drowsy horse to stand around safely until fully back to normal.

Luckily, this vet knew MT from her stays at Loomis Basin Large Animal Hospital and was happy to see her – even if she was kinda in the way…  She was happy to work around MT, which was a relief for me.  I did move MT’s bed to the far back of the aisle, but MT did her share of walking around and sticking her nose into the going-ons.

I think MT was gloating.  Finally, SHE wasn’t the patient!

Anyway, we ended up using the small stall as the dental room and the large stall as the recovery room.  But, some horses recovered more slowly… so we then took over MT’s veranda and used that as a second recovery bay.  We had a rotation going that worked well!  No one had too much sedation (thank horsegods, I hate that).  Everyone recovered well and didn’t seem to hate me afterwards.  ;)

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Both Gwen and Bodhi were done today. This photo was taken after the vet left and both had recovered. Gwen had lots of sharp teeth so I was really glad to have done her, too! Bodhi is in the rear here, eating, as usual. They both recovered well.

WHY DO EQUINE DENTISTRY?

You’d be surprised how much a mouth can effect a horse’s mood.  After all, we don’t breed for the mouth… so who knows what is being passed down.

More concretely, if you horse wears a bit, do it…  Does your horse have wolf teeth?  Does he have sharp hooks and points that dig into his cheek while eating?  Is your horse a difficult keeper?  Skinny all of a sudden and it isn’t worms, sand or illness?   So you have older horses?

Although my horses haven’t had too many dramatic dental surprises, I have had some huge realizations.  For one, Slick… last year.   I had  him done because he was difficult to keep plump and that was unusual.  Long story short, his teeth needed help and now he is fat and happy.

So, today I made sure to check the eldest and anyone who seemed off their feed at all.  The vet checked the potential mouths and we ended up doing (gulp) 6.  But, I got the “Twofer” deal, so at least that took the sting out of it.

Remi was not too happy about the dentistry.  As a Mustang, she refused to let the sedation set-in so she ended up having more than the others.  She slept it off in this huge stall.  She is fine now.  Luckily we were able to do her.  She was in need.  I'm not sure if she had been done before I rescued her - doubt it.

Remi was not too happy about the dentistry. As a Mustang, she refused to let the sedation set-in so she ended up having more than the others. She slept it off in this huge stall. She is fine now. Luckily we were able to do her. She was in need. I’m not sure if she had been done before I rescued her – doubt it.

SO GO GET YOUR DEAL ON EQUINE DENTALS!

Call your vet or local equine hospital.  Make sure the vet likes to do dentals and is accomplished.  Know the terms up front.

If your horse wears a bit – do it.  Do it for the both of you.

I love this shot!  Wrigley (on right) was the first to be done today.  He recovered and then joined Finn, who was hysterical because BG was taken away for her turn.  Here they both are, watching me lead BG back up to them after she had recovered.  They missed her greatly.

I love this shot! Wrigley (on right) was the first to be done today. He recovered and then joined Finn (left), who was hysterical because BG had been taken away for her turn. Here they both are, watching me lead BG back up to them after she had recovered. They missed her greatly.

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CASLICK surgery for the OLDER MARE: No More Bladder Infections for Mama Tess!






OK, we are going to talk about horsey private parts and manure…  Just letting you know.  ;)

ACK!  MT HAS A BLADDER INFECTION!

Much to my horror, MT had a bladder infection very recently.

…Hopefully, none of you readers are cringing at the mere utterance of “B-L-A-D-D-E-R  I-N-F-E-C-T-I-O-N”.   Hopefully you haven’t had to endure the doubling-over pain associated (or that I associate) with bladder infections.  I hate bladder infections.

I could not believe that this poor girl had to endure such pain.  And, she was in pain because I could see it in her eyes, and she was sweating.  I knew something was up… and then I saw her urinate.  There was blood.  I ran to the phone.

Long story short, sulfur pills were dispensed immediately and she is much, much better.

But… I didn’t want it to happen again.

Click image to read the full article...

Click image to read the full article…

CASLICK SURGERY ISN’T JUST FOR PREGNANT MARES

Caslick surgery was invented by Dr. Caslick to prevent abortion or infection in pregnant mares with a flaccid/weak vaginal seal by sewing the uppermost part of the vulva to prevent wind-sucking or any other contaminants from getting into her vagina.

Here is a very nice article with graphic photos.

But, this idea can also work with an older mare whose conformation in that area has changed or tipped.  In older mares, or mares that have foaled often, they lose muscle tone which sucks the anus backwards.  Because of this ‘tucking in’ of the anus, these mares can eliminate INTO their vagina.

Now, this rarely happens because the vagina has a few chambers that keep the bad out (vulval seal) – but in some cases, those chambers are flaccid or injured or exposed.

So, the Caslick surgery can help by closing the area right under the anus.  They don’t suture the entire vulva shut – of course… only the top part that is directly in line with the sucked back anus.  They leave plenty of opening for normal urination.

This is not MT.  But, you can see how this mare's anus is sucked back and her vulva is loose, which could allow for her to contaminate herself upon elimination.

This is not MT. But, you can see how this mare’s anus is sucked back and her vulva is loose, which could allow for her to contaminate into herself upon elimination.  She is build similarly to MT.

BLADDER INFECTION GONE, SURGERY DONE.

The vet came out and carefully numbed the sensitive area.   MT was eating so she barely noticed.  Then, he cut a thin piece of tissue on either side of her vulva so the edges would be fresh and ready to heal together.

The rest was simple stitching.

Tess is resting comfortably.  I know she knows that it hurts a bit back there, but it isn’t keeping her from eating or sleeping.

I just checked on her tonight and she was fine.

For me, I am resting easier knowing that we’ve taken precautions so that MT won’t suffer another bladder infection during my watch.  To be fair, we don’t know exactly what caused this infection, but her conformation lends itself to self-contamination.  So, I feel like I was given a good warning – and it was time to be proactive so that she won’t have to suffer any more bladder infections.

When the vet left, I gave her a huge new pile of shavings and she immediately started pawing...

I gave MT a huge, new pile of shavings and she immediately started pawing… She was a bit tender but surgery hurt much less than the bladder infection!

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