As of April 2015, I am taking a break from dentistry to have a baby. I will be returning towards the end of the year.
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Just as each horse is an individual, each case is different. In my experience, not all horses will display obvious signs of discomfort when they need dental attention.
Keeping everything stress free for both owner and horse is the main aim of the session. Many owners who are new to dentistry can feel anxious about what it involves but be assured most horses don't even bat an eyelid. Treatment usually takes 30 - 45 minutes but I allow plenty of time per patient so I can give them my full attention in a calm and relaxed manner. I have been able to treat many horses who previously had to be sedated for dental work. This in turn lowers the cost for the owner, as it reduces the expense of calling a veterinary surgeon out to sedate.
During a visit I
I treat all of my patients with the exact same high standard regardless of their use or performance status. I treat Shetlands and donkeys right up to shire horses, broodmares and companion/retired ponies/horses up to international competition ponies/horses. I recommend that all horses should be initially checked around their first birthday and then routinely every 6 months, from the age of 2 years.