I went back to a "manual" dentist. My vet sells me a bottle of Rompun for the event. I dose mine myself IF they need it. The injections cost me about $12 per horse or less. The floats are $65 each. The vet comes out to dose the boarders horses for the dentist. So it ends up costing them about $110 per horse.
I own 12 horses including my lesson horses and my DD's horses. It was costing me on ave $250 per horse or pony. The vet insisted every horse be tranq'ed half to death(previous vet) Several needed little or nothing - i know them he does not. It was TOO MUCH! Plus the power floats damaged a few of my guys teeth and caused permanent damage and tooth loss. It's manual ONLY here now!
"If you don't know where you are going, any road will take you there"
A horse I took in for rehoming needs to have a front lower incisor removed in the near future. We are looking at a few thousand dollars to get that one tooth removed. Without general anesthesia. Floats usually cost about $75, with manual tools.
I am sure my dental work from last week was more expensive, but I never see that bill - right to insurance!
My breakdown was
$60 farm call
$82 dental exam & float (x3)
$15 per .5cc dorm (x2 little ones, x3 for the big horse)
I think he should have sedated me a little bit before giving me the bill. You know it's going to be big when they offer to BILL you instead of charging you on the spot. Silly me, I said, "Oh, I'll pay it now."
And since he just used Dorm, I didn't even get to clean their sheaths afterwards! I did however, get a wicked close clip job done for our clinic next week.
I just paid $150 for a regular float for a horse who's at the trainer's. It was, thankfully, the first time I ever paid that much. I don't doubt it was worth it, but I'm very grateful that my regular vet and dentist don't charge that much
Today's dental bill for one horse and one donkey (included sedation, Banamine, and one sheath cleaning), performed by a vet that only does dentistry = $386. Fortunately, I was already numb from the 6 degree temperature before he handed me the invoice.
What can you do? It needs done.
Just got the boy done today. $85 for teeth (great!) and $82 FOR .8 CC OF DOMOSEDAN???
The farm call, btw, was $54. How far away does this guy live?
wait for it....
When Pedro needs his teeth done again, lemme know. I just paid $90 for a float to get Brolio's teeth done, farm call included. Couldn't tell you about sedation, both of mine are fine for vet/farrier/dentist.
Jeff R is da bomb diggity when it comes to horse dentists!
Wow. Love my veterinary dentist. Power tools and sedation = $145 per horse. He's on time, does a fantastic job, shows me before and after, encourages me to shove my hand in and feel around, tells me what's going on in there.