Just like us humans, keeping your horse’s’ health in check is hugely important. Their teeth are certainly no exception, and this is an area of their body that you shouldn’t neglect.
So whether you’re a new horse owner or a long-standing one, you might be asking yourself how to go about finding an established equine dentist.
The good news is that help is at hand. Just take a look at these top tips for ensuring that you end up with an equine dentist that’s right for your horse.
Seek Recommendations from Other Owners
We often underestimate the power of word-of-mouth recommendations for helping us find solutions to our problems, and equine dental care is no exception.
Before you decide simply to choose an equine dentist that’s close to your home for convenience, why not ask other horse owners which one they use and who they would recommend?
You might have to travel further afield to find a recommended one, but ultimately it’s your horse’s health that you need to prioritise.
If you ask around, you might discover a highly recommended equine dentist that a lot of people in your area use that you’ve never heard of before.
The end result? A renowned equine dentist provided to you from the judgement of people that you trust.
Conduct an Online Search
Similar to asking other horse owners above, another way to find a reliable equine dentist is to conduct an online search. In doing so, you can look at the credentials of some of the equine dentists that you’re thinking of using.
Not only will this bring up other potential options, but it will also allow you to see if they are worth using based on customer reviews and feedback. Remember that trust is always a good indicator.
As regulations are in place to stop unqualified personnel carrying out equine dentistry, you should also make sure that they are qualified or a specialist in their field.
A good place to start is the website of the British Association of Equine Dental Technicians, which has a members section with entries for the various regions of the UK. A quick search here will identify qualified dentists in your area.
Don’t Always Choose Cost over Quality
We all want to make savings in life, but when it comes to the health of your horse, your decision shouldn’t be focused solely on cost over quality.
You may have found a really cheap equine dentist, but make sure you have thought about the following:
- Are they well known in the industry?
- Have your friends/other horse owners heard of them?
- Do they have a website with credentials and/or qualifications displayed?
- Are they positively perceived online?
If you’ve answered no to all of these questions then you run the risk of choosing an equine dentist that might not be the best option for your horse, regardless of the costs involved.
A few compromises may be required, but if it ends up leading to the right choice then it’ll be the best decision for both you and your horse.
Ask the Dentist about Their Skills
Last but not least, you can always make direct contact with some of the dentists you are thinking of using and ask them about their own equine skills.
What better way to get the information you need than straight from the horse’s mouth (no pun intended).
When you speak to them, ask them about any training or qualifications they’ve completed, how many horses they work with and what their core skills are.
You may even want to ask them about the type of work they carry out to check that they’re the real deal too.
If you feel informed and satisfied that they meet all of the other criteria mentioned above then it’s likely that you’ll end up with a decent, reliable and established equine dentist.
This post was written by GJW Titmuss, a leading online pet supplies, food and accessories store.
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