Sedating a horse for

by  |  26-Aug-2016 15:18

If a horse is insured and an equine dentist sedates the horse while performing a treatment, the insurance company will decline coverage in the event of an accident to the horse or to those handling it.

Veterinary dentistry, just like human dentistry, has become an area of medicine requiring specialised education, equipment and abilities and the bar is continually being raised.

That means the veterinarian must work quickly and accurately using creative methods to keep horses calm.

A Little Help from another Horse Using a helper horse is Tarr’s favorite method for administering an untouchable patient’s initial injection.

These horses, under stress and in fight or flight mode, require higher doses of sedative and anesthetic drugs such as xylazine, detomidine, and butorphanol, Tarr said.

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