Feline Dentistry: Oral Assessment, Treatment and Preventive Care (VSPN)
Jan Bellows, DVM, DACVD, FAVD, DABVP

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Feline Dentistry is a handsome, hardcover text that plunges straight to the heart of the subject matter. Beginning with a heartfelt dedication by Dr. Bellows to Dr. Colin E. Harvey, a lifelong supporter of dentistry as a genre of veterinary medicine as well as the editor of the Journal of Veterinary Surgery (5 years) and the Journal of Veterinary Dentistry (6 years), one begins to get a feel for the enthusiasm of the author. Dr. Harvey’s own interest for feline dentistry comes through in his own carefully written preface. His own engaging words: “Ah cats. What would veterinary dentistry be without them?” causes the reader to become instantly engaged in the topic even if they have never cleaned a cat’s tooth before in their life.

The book is divided into three sections: Oral Assessment, Treatment, and Prevention; the sections encompass a total of fifteen chapters. The text is written in simple yet straightforward scientific language with beautiful full color pictures of a variety of oral studies. The nicest thing about the pictures is the use of labels within the pictures enabling the veterinarian or veterinary technician to prop the book up next to a case study and easily identify the various anatomical structures of the oral cavity. The anatomical section diagrams the oral anatomy from the outer mucosa down to the skull itself and everything in between. In addition to color photographs there are also radiographs of dental interest to study and use as a comparison. Pictures represent not only healthy specimens but injurious and diseased dental subjects as well.

There are also a few line drawings scattered through the text to illustrate tooth parts. The bulk of illustrations, however, are medical photographs and radiographs. The lack of line drawings does not, however, take away from this book in any way. In addition to the aforementioned photos there are also a great many photographs depicting proper positioning of instruments, machinery (both hand-held and mechanical) and animal patient during examination and cleaning. This is most helpful for beginners.

The section on radiographs covers both non-digital and digital usage with software pictures showing the complete expected computer screen. This section is well written with much attention to detail, making it invaluable to any technician striving to take the “purrfect” feline radiograph. Other sections cover such diverse issues as dental anesthesia, charting, treatment of oral trauma, endodontic disease and other interesting topics. As textbooks go, this book is one that the reviewer recommends for students interested in learning dental techniques and practitioners who are looking for a refresher on feline dentistry or a review book for their staff, and most definitely a must have for the technician who is interested in becoming a veterinary dental technician or qualifying for a dental specialty. While the photographs at times are sometimes graphic in nature, the reviewer finds that no-one can afford to be without this text if they are truly interested in learning feline dental techniques from the beginning to the end.

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell (2010).

ISBN: 978-0-8138-1613-5.


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Introduction
Alternative Medicine
Anatomy
Anesthesia/Analgesia
Animal Welfare
Aquatic/Fish
Avian
Behavior
Camelids
Canine
Cardiology
Client Education
Cytology / Hematology / Histology
Dental
Dermatology
Dictionary/Reference
Drugs/Pharmacology
Emergency Med
Endocrine
Epidemiology
Equine
Ethics
Exotics
Feline
 
* Blackwell Can. Fel. 4th Ed. (VSPN Review)
 
* BSAVA Can. Fel. Neurology 3rd Ed.
 
* BSAVA Canine Feline Haematology
 
* BSAVA Guide to Procedures in Small Animal Practice
 
* Cardio. Disease SA
 
* Clin. Can. Fel. Repro.
 
* Clinical Vet. Dog Cat (VSPN Review)
 
* Keeping Indoor Cats (VSPN Review)
 
Acupuncture For Dogs And Cats; A Pocket Atlas
 
Arthropod Disease Dog Cat
 
Atlas Interpret. Radiograph. Dog Cat 2nd Ed.
 
Atlas of Feline Anatomy for Veterinarians, 2nd Ed.
 
Atlas of Feline Anatomy for Veterinarians, Second Ed
 
Atlas of Feline Ophthalmology, 2nd Ed
 
August’s Consultations in Feline Internal Medicine, Vol 7 (VSPN)
 
Behavior Problems of the Dog and Cat, 3rd Ed (VSPN)
 
Blackwell Can. & Fel. Behavior
 
Blackwell Lab. Tests (VSPN Review)
 
Blackwell’s Five-Minute Veterinary Consult Clinical Companion: Small Animal Dermatology, 2nd Ed
 
Blackwell’s Five-Minute Veterinary Consult Clinical Companion: Small Animal Dermatology, 2nd Ed
 
BSAVA Can. Fel. Anaesthesia 2nd Ed.
 
BSAVA Can. Fel. Dentistry 3rd Ed.
 
BSAVA Can. Fel. Endoscopy
 
BSAVA Can. Fel. Nursing 2nd Ed.
 
BSAVA Can. Fel. Thoracic Imaging
 
BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Cardiorespiratory Medicine, 2nd Ed. (VSPN Review)
 
BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Endocrinology, 4th Ed
 
BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Haematology and Transfusion Medicine
 
BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Haematology and Transfusion Medicine, 2nd Ed.
 
BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Neurology, 4th Ed
 
BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Neurology, 4th Edition with DVD (VSPN)
 
BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Radiography and Radiology (VSPN)
 
BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Rehabilitation, Supportive, and Palliative Care
 
BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Reproduction and Neonatology, 2nd Ed. (VSPN Review)
 
BSAVA Musculoskeletal Imaging
 
BSAVA Nephrology Urology 2nd Ed.
 
Can. Fel. Geriatric Oncology
 
Canine & Feline Endocrinology 3rd Ed.
 
Canine & Feline Gastroenterology, 1st Edition (VSPN)
 
Canine & Feline Infectious Diseases ( VSPN)
 
Canine and Feline Infectious Diseases and Parasitology, 2nd Ed.
 
Canine Feline Behav. Therapy 2nd Ed.
 
Cardiac Auscultation
 
Cat Anatomy and Dissection Guide
 
Cat: Behav. Nutr.
 
Clinical Can. Fel. Respiratory
 
Clinical Canine and Feline Respiratory Medicine (VSPN Review)
 
Clinical Med. Dog Cat 2nd Ed.
 
Clinical Veterinary Advisor: Dogs and Cats, 2nd Ed
 
Clinical Veterinary Advisor: Dogs and Cats; 2nd Ed.
 
Consultations in Feline Internal Medicine, Volume 6
 
Diagnostic Radiology and Ultrasonography
 
Ear Nose Throat Dog & Cat
 
Encyclopedia of Feline Clinical Nutrition (VSPN)
 
Essential Physiotherapy
 
Feline Behavioral Health and Welfare (VSPN)
 
Feline Dentistry (Guest Review)
 
You are hereFeline Dentistry (VSPN Review)
 
Feline Infectious Diseases Self-Assessment Color Review
 
Feline Orthopedics
 
Feline Parasitology
 
First Steps with Puppies and Kittens; A Practice-Team Approach to Behavior (VSPN)
 
Handbook of Canine and Feline Emergency Protocols
 
Infectious Diseases of the Dog and Cat, 4th Ed.
 
Lymphoma Dogs & Cats
 
Management of Pregnant and Neonatal Dogs, Cats, and Exotic Pets
 
Management of Pregnant and Neonatal Dogs, Cats, and Exotic Pets(VSPN)
 
Manual Clin. Dog Cat 3rd Ed.
 
Notes Cardioresp. Dog & Cat 2nd Ed.
 
Nutrition for Veterinary Technicians and Nurses
 
Nutritional Management of Hospitalized Small Animals
 
Radiography of the Dog and Cat: Guide to Making and Interpreting Radiographs (VSPN)
 
Radiography of the Dog and Cat: Guide to Making and Interpreting Radiographs (VSPN)
 
Seizures in Dogs and Cats
 
Self-Assessment Cytology
 
Self-Assessment Feline Med.
 
Small Animal Laparoscopy and Thoracoscopy (VSPN)
 
Small Animal Oncology
 
The Cat: Clinical Medicine and Management (VSPN)
 
The Cat; Clinical Medicine and Management
 
The Feline Patient 4th edition (VSPN Review)
 
The Merck/Merial Manual for Pet Health, Home Ed
 
Towel Wrap Techniques for Handling Cats with Skill and Ease (DVD)(VSPN)
 
Urological Disorders of the Dog and Cat (VSPN)
 
Vet Medi Guide to Dog and Cat Breeds (VSPN)
 
Veterinary Medical Guide to Dog and Cat Breeds
 
What’s Wrong with my Cat or Kitten? (VSPN)
 
* 5-Minute Consult Ophthalmology
 
* Atlas Orthopedic Surg. Dog Cat
 
* Blackwell's Five-Minute Veterinary Consult: Canine and Feline, 5th Ed
 
* Breed Disease Dog Cat
 
* BSAVA Can. Fel. Behaviour.
 
* BSAVA Canine Feline Endocrinology 3rd Ed.
 
* BSAVA Infectious Diseases
 
* Cancer Dogs Cats 2nd Ed.
 
* Color Skin Dog Cat 2nd Ed. (VSPN Review)
 
* Consult. Feline IM 4
 
* Consult. Feline IM 5
 
* Diagnostic Cytology 3rd Ed.
 
* Ear Diseases Dog Cat
 
* Feline Behavior Guide 2nd Ed.
 
* Feline Patient 3rd Ed.
 
* Five Diagnostic Feline
 
* Geriatrics Dog & Cat 2nd Ed.
 
* Guide Hematology Dog Cat (VSPN Review)
 
* Handbook Behavior Dog Cat 2nd Ed.
 
* Handbook Emergency Dog Cat
 
* Parasitology Dogs & Cats
 
* Practical Can. Fel. Neurology
 
* Restraint Fractious Cat
 
* SA Dentistry PVS
 
* Self-Assessment SA Dermatology
 
* Skin Disease Dog Cat 2nd Ed.
 
* Text. Can. Fel. Cardio.
 
* Textbook Respiratory Dogs & Cats
 
* Treatment Behavior Dog Cat
 
* Treatment Behavior Dog Cat 2nd Ed.
 
* Veterinary Pediatrics 3rd Ed.
 
*Infectious Dog Cat 3rd Ed. (VSPN Review)
Food Animals/Livestock
General
Genetics
Geriatrics
Handling & Restraint
Human-Animal Bond
Imaging & Radiology
Immunology
Infectious Diseases
Internal Medicine
Laboratory Medicine
Microbiology
Multimedia
Neurology
Nutrition
Oncology
Ophthalmology
Orthopedics
Parasitology
Pathology
Pediatrics
Physiology
Physiotherapy
Practice Management
Primates
Rabbits, Rodents & Ferrets
Reproduction
Reptile/Amphibian
Research
Respiratory
Ruminants
Sheep/Goats
Shelter Medicine
Surgery
Swine
Technicians
Toxicology
Urology/Renal
Veterinary Education
Wildlife-Zoo Animals
Zoonoses

Date Published: March 23, 2010

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