“I Didn’t Know You (The Veterinarian) Floated Teeth”

By Lauren Ray DVM

There is a large misconception in the equine veterinarian field that “Vets don’t float horse’s teeth”.  I get the question of who do you recommend for teeth during appointments quite often; my response is “I can perform a thorough sedated oral exam and float the teeth if warranted as well as take dental radiographs for possible extractions or sinus issues”.  I would like to help clear this misconception up.  As a veterinarian who enjoys performing oral examinations, floats, dental extractions, dental radiographs, etcetera on our equine athletes to help the horse to perform at its best, utilize nutrients properly, and to stay in the best health possible, I want to make sure all of our clients know that all of the veterinarians at Southern Equine Service are highly trained and more than capable of performing these procedures for your horse. 

A great time to have your horses teeth checked is during biannual vaccinations. The veterinarian can do an assessment at this time to see if the patient is having any problems.

Don’t take our word for it, see what the American Association of Equine Practitioners has to say. You’ll find an article called Trust Your Horse’s Dental Care to an Equine Veterinarian written by Jack Easley, DVM, MS, Dipl. ABVP/Eq. Dipl. AVDC/Equine