Doug LaRose, EqDT
Doug graduated from the Academy of Equine Dentistry in Glenns Ferry, ID in 1998 with the intention of simply maintaining his own horses' teeth. He decided to become an equine dental technician after being unhappy with the dental service he was receiving for his own horses, so he understands and appreciates a horse owner's perspective .
As word spread about Doug's talent and his ability to perform routine dental procedures without sedation, his intended hobby quickly grew into a thriving full-time, 6 day/week business. Being based in the mid-Michigan area means that he is easily able to support thousands of dedicated clients whom we now serve all over the state.
Doug believes that balancing a horse's mouth is not a specialty or a new concept; it's an expectation for routine dental care and not a premium service as some may advertise. Having thousands of clients, having been in practice for over 20 years, and having the endorsement of DVMs all over the state proves that sedation is not necessary to perform a complete float with hand tools. Horses don't learn anything when they are sedated and Doug uses every moment with a horse as a teaching moment. Horse owners who choose to avoid the risk of sedation, especially for their elder horses or rescues with unknown histories, are especially grateful for Doug's unique service.
You won't see us invest in much advertising because it's unnecessary. Word of mouth is better than any advertising investment and we prefer to keep our costs low in order to pass those savings along to you. DVMs from all over the state refer their clients to LaRose Equine Dentistry and we are always happy to accommodate new clients and make new friends.
Doug has owned horses for over 30 years; breeding, raising, and showing, and be brings this experience to every farm call. He currently owns five equines: two Quarter horses (a broodmare and a performance horse), two Clydesdales used for trail riding, and a mini donkey who is here for entertainment value!
Doug is happily married to his wife, Jen, who sometimes accompanies him on weekend farm calls and clinics. Jen helps manage the business and does all of the scheduling. Doug has an adult son, Jeremy (married to Macey), who floats alongside Doug on occasion is about to make us grandparents! Doug also has two adult stepdaughters, Erika (married to Jason) and Emma (soon to be married to Matt); with all of these "children" making him very proud.
People choose LaRose Equine Dentistry because they:
care about the quality of dental care their horse receives
choose to avoid the risk of any sort of sedation or restraint for their horse's routine dental care
have been unhappy with the way others have floated or handled their horses in the past
appreciate the fact that we do not charge for exams, we do not charge a farm call, and we do not "nickel & dime" our clients with add-on fees
are educated enough about equine dentistry basics to understand that a thorough annual visit can be accomplished without sedation or power tools
recognize the value in every moment being a teaching moment for their horse, including routine dental care
ultimately value Doug's skills as a horseman and his 20+ years of experience as an EqDT
Doug is the most requested and most referred EqDT in the state and floats anywhere from 75-120 horses/week depending on the season, so we thank you in advance for your patience with our scheduling process.
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