Petersen Pet Hospital - July 2022

Some signs that Lori may have exhibited at home include dropping food out of her mouth and swallowing her food whole. This is a common disease in cats affecting 20%–60% of middle-aged felines. Unfortunately, we are not entirely sure what causes this condition, but what we do know that by removing what is left of the tooth, we take care of the pain and further deterioration.

We amputated the crown of the affected tooth and left the roots, since they were resorbing into the bone. The site was closed with sutures so no bone was left exposed. Pain medication, along with antibiotics, were administered to enhance healing.

Traveling for the Food?

In the top picture, the X-ray shows how the tooth is eaten away and the roots blend in with the bone of the jaw because they are resorbed into the bone. The bottom picture shows how the crown of the tooth looks eaten away and is even partially gone. There are varying stages of tooth resorption from only the crown of the tooth, only the root, or both the root and crown. A full oral exam along with full mouth X-rays will allow us to identify the different stages and treat appropriately.

Don’t Miss These 3 Festivals

According to AAA, millions of Americans take “culinary-focused vacations” every year. We’ll travel to Philadelphia for cheesesteaks, Texas for barbecue, Louisiana for gumbo … you get the idea. Our culture loves to eat! If you’re a traveling foodie, you are in luck: Add these three summer festivals to your must-visit list for this summer or future food-finding trips.

Lori really wasn’t exhibiting any signs, and that is why annual and senior exams are extremely important — we

can identify such disease processes that these stoic cats hide from us and we can prevent further pain by addressing these FORLs sooner rather than later. She is now a happy, healthy, and pain-free kitty with the perfect smile!

Pierogi Fest (Indiana) July 29–31;

The Polish pierogi is a humble food: mashed potatoes and cheese wrapped in soft dough and either fried, baked, or grilled to perfection. But simplicity should be celebrated! In Whiting, Indiana, Pierogi Fest is a three-day affair that brings in more than 300,000 people for events like a Polka Parade, a pierogi toss, and, of course, pierogies stuffed with everything from cheese to alligator meat. Of course, there’s also a beer garden, because as the organizers put it, “Beer and pierogies go together as well as peanut butter and jelly.”

Combine taste with good nutrition by giving your dog these simple, healthy dog treats that will keep them coming back for more.

Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival (New York) July 31;

INGREDIENTS • 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour • 2 eggs • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin

Yes, New York City is home to fantastic pizza and bagels, but it’s also a Caribbean food hub! At this festival, visitors can stuff themselves with jerk chicken, enjoy whole fish, and drink icies straight from hollowed-out pineapples. Six celebrity chefs will make appearances this year to compete in food contests and show off their Jamaican roots and/or dishes. When attendees aren’t eating, they can relax at a musical or cultural performance.

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2 tbsp peanut butter

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

Key West Lobsterfest (Florida) Aug. 11–14,


This year is the 25th annual Key West Lobsterfest! Seafood lovers come from all corners to enjoy the crustacean-crazed festival, which includes a cinematic lobster boil at sunset, a lobsterfest pool party, a pub crawl, and an all-you-can-eat-and- drink lobster brunch. Head to the website to learn more and score delicious lobster recipes — even if you can’t attend!

Preheat oven to 350 F.

2. In a mixing bowl, whisk together all ingredients. If needed, add water to make the dough workable, but ensure it remains dry and stiff. 3. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough into a 1/2-inch-thick sheet. Cut into ½-inch square pieces or use a cookie cutter to make individual treats. 4. Line the baking sheet with parchment paper, and place cookies an inch apart. Bake for 40 minutes, or until hard, and let cool before serving.

Want more food festival intel? We’ve got you. Visit and search “food and drink festivals” for a list of 28 top food attractions, ranked by Yelp reviews.


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