According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, more than 80 percent of dogs over the age of three develop periodontal disease. I’ve previously blogged about gum disease in Dog breath is no laughing matter and Managing dental health.
Did you know that while any dog can develop gum and dental problems, periodontal disease is most commonly seen in toy dog breeds? That’s because they have the same number of teeth as larger dogs but their mouths are smaller and so there’s less room between teeth…
Here’s a photo of one toy breed, the Chihuahua. Willow is owned by George L. Verge.
Our Chihuahua – Willow
My mother was never happy when our dog got too close and managed to lick her on the mouth. In the Snoopy cartoons, you might remember when Lucy would run around yelling ‘Get the iodine, get the hot water. I’ve been kissed by a dog.’
It turns out that there is need for caution when considering the mouth-to-mouth contact with your dog.
Researchers from Japan have tracked a microbe that is very common in dogs but rare in humans. In dog owners, 16% of them had the microbe and it appears that they share close contact with their dogs – including kissing.
The researchers also found ten human strains of periodontitis-related bacteria in the dogs’ mouths. And they found that low levels of contact were enough to transmit mouth bacteria either way.
In considering the research, Dr Paul Maza, of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University, told America’s Fox News: ‘Many of the different types of bacteria in dogs and cats are the same type of bacteria as in humans. If owners practice oral hygiene on their pets, such as brushing their teeth, a pet’s mouth can actually be even cleaner than a human mouth.’
Read the full story in the Daily Mail.
Posted in dog care, research
Tagged animals, bacteria, College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University, dogs, Dr Paul Maza, gum disease, health, kissing, Lucy, medicine, research, Snoopy, The Daily Mail