Petersen Pet Hospital - June 2023


Dental Cleaning


Dental disease is one of the most common problems found during appointments at Petersen Pet Hospital. It affects the teeth with plaque and decay. It causes gingivitis, or inflammation of the

gums, and can change the bone structure that holds the teeth. In severe cases, it will also cause problems beyond the mouth, such as sinus infection, abscess, and infection of organs such as the heart, kidney, and liver. Dr. Carmo has a patient named Madison, a 13-year-old Dachshund that comes to Petersen Pet Hospital for all his annual and senior checks. Due to his advanced dental disease, Dr. Carmo strongly recommended a professional dental cleaning at one of his appointments. Madison’s owners were apprehensive because of the nature of the procedure. At the hospital, we always evaluate all pets’ blood panels, EKG (to assess heart function), and a complete physical exam. Once Madison’s values came back all cleared for the procedure, Dr. Carmo used a safe anesthetic protocol to perform his cleaning.

Get to Know Dr. Young!

Dr. Sarah Young is an associate veterinarian here at Petersen Pet Hospital. She grew up in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and graduated from Washington High School. She knew at a young age that she wanted to be a veterinarian and attended Iowa State University. She received her bachelor of science in Animal Science in 2003 and her doctorate in veterinary medicine in 2007. She briefly lived in Anchorage, Alaska, then spent seven years in La Crosse/ Onalaska, Wisconsin, before finally moving back to her family in Cedar Rapids in 2014. She has a heightened interest in preventative care, internal medicine, and palliative care. Dr. Young enjoys attending continuing education conferences to extend her knowledge and share new information with her team.

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Dr. Young and her husband, Ben, have two teens, Sydney and Simon. They have a dog, Remy, and two cats, Ninja and Echo. In her spare time, she enjoys being with her family, attending her children’s events, scrapbooking, playing games, and reading. Their family also enjoys visiting caves and zoos.

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