Signs, Symptoms and Odds of Your Dog Acquiring Gum Disease

Signs, Symptoms and Odds of Your Dog Acquiring Gum Disease

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 three 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 three have oral disease, and that is usually periodontal disease.”

The breeds at greatest risk for developing periodontal disease include:

  • Toy Poodles
  • Yorkshire Terriers
  • Maltese
  • Papillions
  • Standard Poodles
  • Pomeranians
  • Shetland Sheepdogs
  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniels
  • Dachshunds
  • Havanese
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