Covid 19 Protocols being instituted.
We are committed to helping you through these difficult times. HLB Equine Dentistry will continue to provide service to the equestrian community here in California. We want to help keep ourselves, you and your family safe during this Covid 19 outbreak.
Following are some protocols my equine dentistry practice can take to help limit the spread of Covid-19. Veterinary care and dental services are considered an essential service to the equine community. For your safety and ours we will be implementing the following safeguards to minimize the chance of spread of infection. We are implementing the following protocols:
We are practicing the safe distancing of 6 feet .FYI, Owners do not have to be present for the procedure. We will forward a written report along with an online invoice to each owner.
We ask any owner exhibiting any signs of illness to remain inside or in their vehicle.
We require any owner over the age of 60 to remain inside or in their vehicle.
We encourage all owners to remain inside their home or vehicles during dental procedure.
Payment: We will forward an online invoice and no exchange of currency will take place. Each owner can then make payment online to avoid any contact of currency.
We disinfect all surfaces on a regular basis.
Maintain a minimum distance of 6 feet.
STAY HOME if you are feeling ill https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/community-mitigation-strategy.pdf
Can horses or other animals contract or spread Covid-19? “Infectious disease experts and multiple international and domestic human and animal health organizations agree there is no evidence at this point to indicate that pets become ill with COVID-19 or that they spread it to other animals, including people.” https://www.avma.org/sites/default/files/2020-03/COVID-19-What-veterinarians-need-to-know_031520.pdf
At each appointment we ask that no more than one person be present associated with the horse receiving dental services.
Stay Healthy, stay safe, and we will take excellent care of your horses!
We provide complete equine dental care for all horses, and the working relationship between an equine dental provider and the veterinarian has proven to be an invaluable resource to all of our clients. This working relationship is in the best interest of the horse and all needs, whether they be dental or otherwise, can be met with the multitude of services available at our fingertips. The veterinarians I work with provide the sedation that is needed in order to do the work properly, and to keep your horse comfortable and safe.
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Originated out of the San Francisco Bay area which has a very large equestrian community.
Committed to providing excellent dentistry and compassion to all animals.
Extraction Case of lower 103 incisor. History: 21 year old paint mare presented with a broken incisor. The rest of the incisors look healthy, and this horse has received regular dental care throughout her life on an annual basis.Read More
Sedated vs unsedated equine dentistry. The debate continues, however in my professional opinion, there is no debate. Sedation is necessary and it is necessary to protect the animal, to keep the animal safe, to keep the practitioner safe, and allow for a thorough exam and thorough and complete equine dental equilibration of the mouth.Read More
Heather has the ability to take a difficult mouth and put the pieces of the puzzle back together.” “Her work is thorough and very effective in restoring functional use of the mouth again.Santa Rosa, Ca Equine Veterinarian
The professional service and care that the horses receive is outstanding! Much forethought and planning goes into providing the high level quality of service and work that is provided. I am impressed with not only the work but the positive impact that the dental work has had on my horses. They are much more relaxed, training issues have dissipated, their overall condition has been greatly enhanced and they are simply much more comfortable and capable of performing now. All of the horses have been eating very well following the dental work!Anne, from Sonoma, Ca
My clients have continuously praised my work as have the veterinarians that I work with in California. I have been successful in adding a much needed service in the broad spectrum of equine health care and have enhanced the lives of many horses of all ages and all breeds. The bottom line is that it does not matter if your horse is a performance horse or a pasture ornamnet. All horses deserve proper dental care and they all experience the dental abnormalities and issues common to equines. This practice is dedicated to promoting and providing health and well being to all horses.
I wanted you to know how well Alloy is doing. Heather – I cannot believe the difference. I haven’t put a bit in his mouth yet, just a hackamore. He’s calmer, his eyes are soft, even his trot is different. It is effortless. I can ride him bareback with ease, he’s relaxed, he’s not throwing himself forward, easy light circles…heaven. I am absolutely in awe of the change. I’m interested to see how he will respond to the bit tomorrow. No balled up hay, nothing, he’s just cruising. The day after he was sore, wouldn’t let me touch his head but I gave him a little bute on a cookie in the morning and night.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping him. I can’t bear to think of the pain he was in before. I look forward to seeing you and Kristin in March/April.
Thank you for the advice on other options!
A quick update on Rocky (remember he’s the 22 year old thoroughbred up in Forestville that you worked on ) Rocky is doing much much better! He stopped quid ding as much almost immediately although he still had a lot of hay left over (before he had been chewing up and spitting out all of his hay so there were quids everywhere). Now, he is eating much more of his hay with just one or two quids a day that I can find. He still leaves the thickest stems however I know that he is getting most of the hay. I am also seeing some loose manure in the field which is usual for him at this time of year and am not seeing quids out there as I had before so I think he is eating the green grass very well and is able to chew it up. I am very very happy. If you have anyone who has an older horse who has questions about whether your dentistry will help them, please feel free to use me as a reference.
Both Rocky and I thank you so much! We’ll keep in touch and will see you if necessary in 6 months and definitely in a year.
“Heather is a perfectionist and will not quit until the work is done properly”. “Her hard work and dedication to equine dentistry have only enhanced my practice and placed more credibility on how well an equine veterinarian and an equine dentist can work together for the common goal of the well being of the animal”