What is a Board Certified Veterinary Dental Specialist or Veterinary Dentist?

The increased sophistication of veterinary medicine and increasingly important role of pets in our society has resulted in the emergence of a number of veterinary specialties comparable to those in human medicine (e.g., cardiologist, radiologists, surgeons, internists, dermatologists and dentists). Dentistry is one of more than 20 specialties currently recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).

Specialty certification requires completing 3 to 6 years of training in the area of specialization beyond the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree. Requirements vary among individual “specialty colleges” but all candidates must pass advanced credential requirements approved by the AVMA. In addition to comprehensive training in the area of expertise, a veterinarian must submit credentials of expertise to a review board in the specialty college. Following acceptance of the credentials, an extensive written and practical examination must be successfully completed before being acknowledged as a specialist.

When these requirements have been met, the applicant is then designated as a “Board Certified Specialist” or “Diplomate” of the respective specialty college. Veterinary dentistry specialty candidates who complete this process can then use the well earned titles, Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College, Board Certified Veterinary Dentist, Veterinary Dentist and Veterinary Dental Specialist.

As of 2012, there are only 108 Diplomates of the American Veterinary Dental College,
i.e. Veterinary Dental Specialist and Veterinary Dentist!

What does the Veterinary Dental Specialist do?

Board certified veterinary dental specialists are trained to evaluate genetic as well as acquired problems. Advanced diagnostics, including dental radiology and laboratory evaluations, allow proper diagnosis of the oral health and related medical problems prior to treatment planning.

Since the veterinary dental specialist is trained in surgery, medicine and dentistry, a wide range of special treatment options can be implemented.

Patients with oral health problems usually require general anesthesia for evaluation and treatment. Veterinary dental specialists receive extensive training in the safe and effective use of anesthesia and pain management.

AVDC diplomates are prepared to implement appropriate therapeutic programs to improve oral health and the general wellness of their patients.

Source: American Veterinary Dental College

Visit Advanced Dentistry and Oral Surgery for more information on veterinary dental specialty services and pet dental care for your canine or feline companion. In addition, see Feline Dentistry for cat specific issues.

Once upon a time there was a boy who had a cat.  Now this wasn’t just any cat.  This cat thought he was a dog.  He refused his litter box in favor of going outside.  And, he played like a dog, wanting to rough house every night.

He was a good cat, very loyal, yellow tabby in color and of good temperament.  And, his name was Donkey, Donkey Pooh to be exact.


One day a girl moved in with the boy and the cat and they all decided to get a dog.  The dog loved the cat and learned many things from him.  How to perch on the arm rest of the couch, how to play, how to get extra treats and how to throw a fit when given a much-needed bath.  They were good friends.


There was one big thing about Donkey that the girl didn’t like, she didn’t like him roaming around the neighborhood because she didn’t know all his vaccinations and she worried that another animal might get him. The boy said he would be OK, it’s what he had always done since he was a kitten. So the girl relaxed and thought everything was going to be OK… until it wasn’t.


One day the boy came running in the house, he yelled to grab a blanket, something was wrong, very wrong with Donkey.  When the girl came with a blanket she knew things were very, very bad.  She rushed the three of them to the emergency clinic where it was confirmed he had been brutally attacked and was in a lot of pain and didn’t have a very good chance of making it.  It broke their hearts but the boy and the girl decided that it was time to let him go, they couldn’t see him suffer.  So they said goodbye.


On the way home the girl who had been so strong the whole time broke down in tears, she said she felt bad for all the times she got mad at him for doing silly things.  And, she felt bad that she hadn’t cuddled more.  The boy was very upset too, after all Donkey was his cat.


A few days later something strange happened.  The girl heard a familiar noise outside and looked out, she didn’t see anything so she opened the door.  She nearly fainted when she saw what the noise was, it was Donkey.  Their Donkey!


She let him in the house, the whole time screaming at the boy to come and see.  She squeeze him until he was mad and then fed him all of his favorite foods.  The boy couldn’t believe his eyes.  Where did he come from?  Where had he been for several days.

Most of all… who was that other cat?

It was strange but, the boy, the girl and the dog were so happy to see him again.  Everything went back to the way it was..  Play time, cuddles, lots of extra treats.  They got a second chance, they were a family of 4 again… until they weren’t.


One day the girl was feeding Donkey and he missed when he tried to jump on the counter.  She laughed it off.  But, then he missed jumping on the couch to snuggle with the boy.  And, then he started walking funny.  And, then he just wasn’t himself.  The girl said they needed to get him checked out.

Once at the vet the worst was confirmed, Donkey was dying, something had gone wrong, his blood was bad, his brain wasn’t working right, his body wouldn’t do what he wanted it to.  He was miserable and there wasn’t anything they could do for him.  So once again, they had to say goodbye, but this time knowing it was their Donkey Pooh.

It didn’t ease their pain having been through it before, they still mourned him, their Donkey, the cat with two lives.


* True story, John did have Donkey when we first got together and Boomer loved him very much.  We did euthanize a stray cat thinking it was Donkey because he was so torn up we couldn’t tell it wasn’t him.  But he came back and he was with us until the end when he got too sick.

I Will Always Remember…

I don’t know what I’m doing.

I haven’t posted to the blog since January and so many things have happened.  I have a new job.  Dottie has kept us on our toes with numerous injuries.  And, Boomer’s age seems to have caught up with him.


You’d think that with all of that a post would have shown up but I just can’t seem to get myself to write anything.  The blog is starting to feel more like work than a hobby.  I just don’t have the time, the energy and the drive to make this an amazing blog that people would want to follow.

I don’t do reviews anymore, I don’t go through pieces submitted for guest posts.  Blogging seems to have lost its charm to me.

But at the same time I just can’t seem to let it go. I’ve put so much time (almost 3 years) and effort and pieces of my life into it. How do you stop; how do you delete it all?


And, the community, how do you walk away from such a great community of bloggers? Would I still be in contact with you all?  I’ve made some really great internet friends through the blog and will miss that interaction on my blog.

I’m going to leave the blog up for now.  In the future if I have something big to say I might post again.  I don’t want to throw away what I’ve worked on for so long.

But, it’s time for me to move on.  I still plan to follow the blogs I am now and will probably add even more.  I want to keep up with everyone.  I still care what’s going on in your worlds.


I want to thank you all for following, this is a bittersweet moment for me.  I’ve appreciated every comment and every like.  I will always remember when I wrote this blog, when I shared those times with you.

So what I’d like to do now is invite you all to connect with me through one of the mediums I’m still using.  I’ll be posting away on Instagram (my favorite media and the one to follow if you want to keep up with this dog mom) and pinning things on Pinterest.  I still have my Twitter account too.  The blog’s Facebook page will come down, it’s been too much to manage along with my own personal Facebook page which is still active.

I’ll still be adventuring with Boomer and Dottie.  I’ll still have lots of pictures of tasty food my hubby has created or that I’ve found while out and about.  And, I’ll still share the beauty I find in the world.  I’ll be around and I hope to see you all around too.


Destroyer of Toys

My boss and I decided that we were going to do an experiment with Dottie.  The reason being I took a toy home from work and she destroyed it in less than a minute!  Anyway, we decided to see if there was one out there that she couldn’t chew to shreds.

If you haven’t already read the posts Destroyer of Toys and Destroyer of Toys, Part Two you can check them out here and here so you can see first hand the destruction she can cause.

After some thought the Pickle was chosen as the toy to test.  It’s a treat dispensing toy that bounces, floats and is free of latex and vinyl.


The first few times I gave it to her filled with peanut butter and she loved it.  She tried to chew on it and just couldn’t get the right grip.


The next couple of times I filled it with treats and she couldn’t even get them out.  She gave up and walked away.


The times after that I just gave her the pickle to play with.  She tried to chew on it but she just couldn’t get her teeth and paws in the right places to rip it apart.


She’s had the pickle since August and it’s still in one piece.  Dare I say that we’ve found a toy The Destroyer of Toys can’t tear apart?  Only time will tell as I keep letting her have it with and without food in it!

Meet Ebby!

Remember how I went back to Kansas last week to visit family?  And, how I finally got to meet my grandparents new dog, Ebby?

Oh my gosh, I love her.

Seriously, she almost ended up in a suitcase to come home with me.  She’s an absolute doll!


Compared to Boomer and Dottie she’s so tiny.  And, unlike the two of them she loves to snuggle.  I couldn’t get enough of her!

Before leaving home I packed up some yummy treats and several new toys and was determined to teach her some things.  I was on a mission!

You see she’s a retired show dog, had several litters and then was sold to my grandparents.  What they weren’t told was that she wasn’t housebroken, had never touched foot on grass, was extremely submissive, didn’t know how to play or really be a dog.  And, now my grandparents and my mom are helping her to learn these things.


When we weren’t busy cuddling, we worked on sit, stay, come and of course how to play.  It took a while but she’s getting it.  Her favorite toy that I brought was a stuffed carrot that squeaks.

I started slow and worked with her a few times a day.  And, was so happy when one day she came in from being outside for a little bit and instigated some play.  I was so proud of her!  After that she played more often.  She just needed to learn how to do it!


I miss that little mama already!  Don’t worry Ebby, I’ll be back and we’ll play and we’ll learn more sometime soon!

Comodo Releases BackUp Tool

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Backups can be saved to local and network drives as well as FTP servers and CD and DVD rewriters. If the original files are ever damaged or lost, users can quickly recover them using Comodo BackUp’s one touch restore feature.
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Over the last few years I’ve been stunned by the seemingly little issues that my 15 going on 25 12 months previous daughter didn’t know. The actual name “blacksmith” derives from the process of truly forging iron or the Black Metal used; this was named Black Metallic named as a result of color of the metal after being heated. Units designed for guide hand-held operations on a system or material could be known as as hand tools.

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Back difficulties are increasingly frequent, although utilising the best bedding for comfort and back-pain elimination could make a full world of difference to your issue. Your mattress performs an important role in your backis health. Thus is their connection with beds, in the same way every individual is unique.

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But there’s enough information there to make a choice that is really good. And not only was I mistaken by what I believed was the most effective mattress for pain, but so are a heck of the lot of physicians who deal with back pain. In 2003, research from Spain of 313 people with continual low-back ache examined the consequence of mattresses on their levels of ache when getting out of bed… and while lying in bed. A few of these persons got new company mattresses to sleep on for 3 months plus some got new medium-company mattresses. None of the players knew which kind of bedding they had received. The study states: A bed of medium firmness increases pain and handicap among patients with continual non-specific reduced-back pain. A medium- while releasing force factors when lying in bed firm mattress gives great service. This in turn leaving mattress and indicates more discomfort in bed.

Bell began seeking a bedding that was fresh at MacDougall- as well as a warden obtained he obtain a new one in October 2008, but Ponvert said. Males that are overweight were 16 percent less unlikely to have low ache that is back; for women it was 21 percent. He should change between side lying and resting on his back.

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