I am strictly mobile and perform all procedures at your ranch, barn or home within the horse’s stall or stocks. This makes it very comfortable for the horse to recover from sedation in familiar surroundings.

Each patient receives a general physical exam to ensure good health prior to the dental exam or sedation. (There is no charge for this procedure)

All horse owners need to have a good grasp of this procedure to know if a good exam is being performed. Armed with this knowledge they can often tell whether the medical provider is doing a quality job or not. Dr. Mixon does two levels of exams. The first is a very brief tactile examination of the first upper premolars (cheek teeth). This exam only provides information about the condition of these teeth. If an equilibration (float) is not indicated here, we proceed to a full examination of every tooth in the mouth. This requires sedation, a full mouth speculum, a head light, equine dental mirror, gingival probes, dental picks, visual and tactile exam of each tooth in the horse’s mouth. If the dentist does not have these tools or does not use them routinely, they are not doing a quality exam and the result is a substandard job or even injury to the horse! The first exam only tells us if an oral equilibration is needed, it does not tell us one is not needed, because only a small portion of the dentition can be evaluated this way!

This is commonly called a “float” but floating is actually only one part of an OE, so a good equine veterinary dentist will use the term Oral Equilibration. An OE is bringing the dentition into as close to a “normal” condition as possible. This may be as simple as removing the sharp points from the cheek teeth (molars and premolars) or it could involve things like waves, stepped teeth, wedge teeth, shear mouths, slants, smiles, frowns etc.

This is an often overlooked procedure in geldings and can lead to everything from discomfort during urination to signs of colic. Dr. Mixon performs one at the end of every OE on a gelding at NO CHARGE.

During the procedure if diseases of the teeth, gums or oral tissues are detected they will be treated and a long term plan will be formulated with the horse owner to ensure the quality and quantity of their horse’s life.

I provide in-home euthanasia for the terminally ill or dying pet so that they may pass in the comfort of their own home and you the owner can be present in a loving and private space. There are many options for body care that can be provided for you at that time. Learn more