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Karlin
13th February 2010, 01:30 AM
Original link: http://veterinarynews.dvm360.com/dvm/article/articleDetail.jsp?id=657108


Banfield releases new data on periodontal disease; top breeds identified
By Daniel R. Verdon

Portland, Ore. - The risks for periodontal disease increase 20 percent each year of a pet’s life, according to data just released by Banfield Applied Research and Knowledge.

In fact, nearly four out of five dogs over the age of 3 show signs of oral disease, reports Dr. Jeffrey Klausner, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVIM, Banfield’s chief medical officer.

“In our practice, 68 percent of cats and 78 percent of dogs over the age of 3 have oral disease, and that is usually periodontal disease.”

The breeds at greatest risk for developing periodontal disease include Toy Poodle, Yorkshire Terrier, Maltese, Papillion, Standard Poodle, Pomeranian, Shetland Sheepdog, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Dachshund and Havanese.Data from the survey was generated from a case-control study conducted by Banfield and included 50,000 animals with periodontal disease and 200,000 control animals.

Even more insidious, Klausner says, is the relationship between periodontal disease and other illnesses.

In fact, these data corroborate a very strong link between the presence of periodontal disease and heart disease.

“The worse the periodontal disease was, the stronger the link between endocarditis and cardiomyopathy,” Klausner adds.

“It’s an important disease, and I think some people minimize it sometimes, because it is not associated with mortality. It reduces the quality of the pet’s life,” Klausner explains.

Published estimates are that two-thirds of pet owners believe dental care is important, but only 63 percent of these owners had their pet’s teeth cleaned previously. Additionally, only 22 percent of pet owners have ever brushed their pet’s teeth.

Because February is Pet Dental Health Month, Klausner adds, “There is a lot more we can be doing about educating dogs and cats to the importance of this disease so they can take action to reduce the damage that is done by periodontal disease.”

Love my Cavaliers
13th February 2010, 03:52 AM
If that isn't an endorsement for brushing your dog's teeth, I don't know what is!

RodRussell
13th February 2010, 05:30 AM
If that isn't an endorsement for brushing your dog's teeth, I don't know what is!

The solution may not be as simple as brushing teeth. One of the periodontal diseases which Cavaliers suffer from is eosinophilic stomatitis, an inflammation of the mucous lining of the mouth, including the tongue, palate, and gums. It is caused by an inappropriate, active immune response. Read about it and look at the photos at http://www.cavalierhealth.org/eosinophilic.htm
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Rod Russell

Cathy T
13th February 2010, 04:57 PM
And this is why Jake and Shelby are scheduled for their dentals on the 22nd! :)

MishathePooh
14th February 2010, 11:02 PM
Misha just had a dental. I insisted on one when he was 9 (he's 13 now) and I think he had about 9 teeth pulled then. His teeth never look bad, but every time he goes in (one every year), he needs at least 3 teeth pulled. The past two years they removed abscessed teeth. I wonder if CKCS have so many heart issues partly because owners don't realize they need dentals and the periodontal disease exacerbates already present complications. I become a total basket case about a week before every dental, but he's a trooper and does really well.