Monday, August 28, 2017

Affordable Dental Care, Absolutely Possible

Remember my sticker shock from last years dental bill? Well I was not happy to go that direction again. So bless FaceBook, I saw an ad for a Virginia Dentist with reasonable prices.

McCarthy Equine Dentistry

Routine Float:

$85 if one horse is floated at a barn

$75/horse if two horses are floated at the same barn

$65/horse if three or more horses are floated at the same barn

Discount also applies to private owners that schedule themselves together and are within 5 miles of each other.

Farm Call Fees For Barns Greater Than 100 Miles

100-150 miles from our home $10/horse
151-200 miles from our home $15/horse
201 or more miles from our home $20/horse.

The most anyone will ever pay for one horse is $105. That would be for a single horse floated at a barn more than 200 miles from us. We believe you will not find many other practitioners out there that offer the quality of work we do for these prices. 

A routine float is where the sharp points are removed and the mouth is completely balanced. It allows the horse to chew more effectively, reduces dropped and wasted feed, and helps increase weight on older horses and those that are "hard keepers". For riding horses, bit seats are offered at no additional charge. There are also no additional charges for reductions of waves, ramps, hooks, or other occlusion abnormalities. Even if the horse requires an extensive amount of work, you will not see it added to your bill. We believe this is part of balancing the mouth and should be performed during every float. We realize this goes against the business model of many EqDT's who charge additional fees for these reductions. That is not how we conduct our business and you can rest assured you know what your fee will be before Sean even starts his work. 

This dentist also has a flat rate for Rescue Horses of $60. He travels to VA, WV, PA, MD and even Wellington and Ocala FL. It took a bit to get our guys scheduled because this guy stays busy. He was well worth the wait.
Sean worked with the horses, letting them meet him and settle. Since VA requires a vet for any use of power tools, he only used hand tools this visit. We did get to see his power float and it was much better than the drill kind the vet had. The big plus to his tools, no sedation needed. His website shows a horse being power floated without sedation. It is great to know that option is available if we need it.

DaVinci was up first. Sean checked his alignment and grind. He kept in mind his age when working on his teeth. He was even able to work on his incisors, which some horses are not thrilled with. Plus he made sure to remove a big spot of tartar.

Dottie came next. Though she is younger than DaVinci, her teeth are much older. Some are down to the gums. Sean checked for sharp edges, but decided to leave the little she has. Dottie has been able to eat her food and recently has put on good weight. Her chopped hay and chaffhaye diet is something she can manage with the little teeth left. Sean did not even charge us an exam fee.

With Rosemary we were able to feel her sharp edges. Some of her riding issues could definitely be caused by that. She reacted while Sean was working and he made sure to find the trouble spot. After he did the work, he put on her riding bridle and driving bridle to check the fit of her bits.

Ember got his introduction to dentistry during this visit. He has a bump on his cheek that Sean carefully checked out. He was patient with Ember's coltish behavior. Eventually he will take out Ember's wolf teeth, but this time he only did like rasping. He only charged the $20 exam fee. Ember was less cooperative for the vet the next day. His mystery bump should go away on its own. The vet thought it was from those sharp baby teeth.

Mystery bump

Comrade had some corrective work needed. He had a wave going on which Sean definitely wanted to correct before he had the cupping issues older horses get. Comrade also got incisor work too.

Roscoe was actually the hardest one for Sean to work on. He was a bit of a shit. He had some weird shifts of his rear teeth toward the palette. Sean dealt calmly with Roscoe's antics and got the work done. He did not address his "smile" because he wanted to end on a good note.

Bad hair day :)

Well if you have been keeping track of the totals at the bottoms, you can see that we paid under $300 for five horses. For comparison, we paid about $1200 for six horses last year. Sean actually went into dentistry after not being able to find affordable care for his own horses. He provides quality work for affordable prices so that horses do not suffer. Horses are expensive and sometimes things like dental work are put off to pay for day to day necessities. This guy was the answer to all our worries. My horses did not have to be sedated, were much calmer and received the work they needed. Affordable dental care is absolutely possible and McCarthy Equine provides quality without billing high quantity. Such a relief!

1 comment:

  1. We bring a dentist in for the whole barn and he's sooo much cheaper than what any vet has ever charged me, and he does a much better job. So glad you guys were able to find a more affordable alternative!