Petersen Pet Hospital - July 2022

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SMILE! Cats Get Toothaches Too!

There is absolutely no denying that cats are intricate and mysterious little creatures that do not follow the veterinary medicine book very well, and

in fact, tend to just write their own. As mysterious as they are, they are absolutely wonderful pets, family members, companions, and best friends. Cats are very stoic, and they hide their pain and illness exceptionally well. And that is just the case with Lori, a 7-year-old, beautiful black kitty that came in for an annual exam with Dr. Eike. For the physical exam, Lori was the purrfect patient. While examining Lori’s mouth, we found a condition called FORL, or feline odontoclastic resorptive lesions. These are areas on the tooth that are eaten away and are like cavities in humans. This disease is very painful. As a

Meet Sarah Davidson!

matter of fact, even while under complete general anesthesia, cats can still react to the pain by chattering their teeth, so you can only imagine the pain while fully awake!

Sarah is the practice manager at Petersen Pet Hospital. Sarah lives in Cedar Rapids with her husband, Ethan, and their children, Norah (5) and Miles (2). They also have their beloved shiba inu, Kaia, and a crested gecko, Mango. She is originally from Davenport, Iowa, and grew up surrounded by dogs and cats. At 3 years old, her brother found a pregnant cat hiding in the bushes by their house. Her

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parents kept the mother cat (Miss Kitty) and found homes for all the kittens. This event really jump-started her love for animals. Sarah was an intern at Niabi Zoo in Coal Valley, Illinois, during college and cared primarily for the exotic birds. After receiving her biology degree from the University of Iowa, she worked as a veterinary technician in

Des Moines, Iowa, for two years. She then received her Master of Arts in teaching at Drake University and taught middle school science for five years. Sarah is extremely happy to be back in the veterinary world supporting the amazing people that help our wonderful clients. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, playing piano, reading, and biking.

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