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Banfield: 10 Dog Breeds Affected By Periodontal Disease

To coincide with February’s Pet Dental Month, new findings have been released which reveal the extent of dental problems in the dog population.

Top 10 Dog Breeds Affected By Periodontal Disease

Banfield’s Applied Research and Knowledge (BARK) team has released new findings to help Pet owners maintain and improve the health of their dogs’ teeth. Banfield’s BARK team conducts ongoing research in the field of veterinary medicine based upon the data from the nearly 115,000 office visits to Banfield hospitals every week. The findings show that periodontal disease is the most common disorder affecting cats and dogs worldwide, and informal estimates put it’s prevalence as high as 85%.

Classified by the degree of deviation from healthy teeth and gums, the severity of dental disease is labeled by six stages, which is also supported by BARK findings. These stages range from mild plaque and gingivitis, to gingival recession and degradation of the periodontal ligament, to significant inflammation and loss of teeth. According to their latest findings, certain breeds are more predisposed to periodontal disease than others. The 10 breeds most predisposed to periodontal disease are as follows:

  • Toy Poodle
  • Yorkshire Terrier
  • Maltese
  • Pomeranian
  • Shetland Sheepdog
  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  • Papillion
  • Standard Poodle
  • Dachshund
  • Havanese

“All breeds need regular professional cleanings, but with regard to the top breeds at risk, professional dental cleanings and compliance with at-home care of the health of teeth and gums is especially crucial,” said Jeffrey Klausner, DVM, MS, DACVIM, senior vice president and chief medical officer for Banfield. “Although dental disease can occur rapidly at any age, risk factors for developing periodontal disease in dogs can include increasing age, small breed size and neutering. Periodontal disease has also been associated with changes in a pets’ kidneys, liver and cardiac functions – in short, unhealthy teeth can lead to an unhealthy pet in ways pet owners can’t imagine.”

Banfield recommend that proper at-home preventive dental care should include feeding your pet a firm, kibbled food specially formulated to reduce tartar accumulation, use of specially-formulated hygiene chews and dental specific water additives

Chihuahuas have a fair amount of dental issues as well.

Source: PetPeoplesPlace.com

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PPP: Monthly Pet Polls

Monthly Pet Poll Results from the Pet People’s Place

Every month we feature a topical pet poll. This is a good chance to gauge our pet loving community’s thoughts and views on a number of important issues.

Monthly Poll: March 2010

Does Your Dog or Cat Sleep In/On Your Bed At Night?

Yes (88%)

88%

No (12%)

12%

February 2010 Poll

Do You Spend Less on Your Pet Than a Year Ago?

Yes (15%)

15%

No (85%)

85%

January 2010 Poll

Do You Have New Year Resolutions For Your Pets?

Yes (27%)

27%

No (73%)

73%

December 2009 Poll

Will You Be Buying Your Pets Christmas Presents?

Yes (84%)

84%

No (16%)

16%

November 2009 Poll

Do You Have Pet Health Insurance?

Yes (22%)

22%

No (78%)

78%

October 2009 Poll

Do You Dress-Up Your Pet For Halloween?

Yes (36%)

36%

No (64%)

64%

September 2009 Poll

Do You Feed Your Pets Human-Grade Food?

Yes (80%)

80%

No (20%)

20%

Source:  Pet People’s Place  – Posted:  Just One More Pet

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