Dental disease is the most common major health problem that I identify in my patients. And studies have shown that my patients are not unique in that regard. Dental disease is endemic in pets.
Dental disease (also known as periodontal disease) has been associated with pain, heart problems, liver problems, diabetes, cancer, sinus infections, behavior changes and a host of other problems. Brushing your pet’s teeth is the best way to prevent dental disease, and I strongly encourage it.
All breeds of cats and dogs are at risk for dental disease, and all pets should undergo regular veterinary checkups to ensure that they are not suffering from dental disease or other medical conditions.
A recent analysis of patients seen at a large chain of veterinary hospitals (Banifield, The Pet Hospital) led to a list of the ten breeds of dogs that are at highest risk for periodontal disease and its associated problems. The list was published in the January/February issue of Banfield Magazine.
Here is the list:
I should emphasize again that every dog and cat is at risk of dental disease. However, if your dog is on the above list, you may want to pay special attention to his or her oral health.