According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, up to 85% of dogs and 70% of cats develop periodontal disease by age 3. In fact, according to former American Veterinary Medical Association President Dr. James Cook, “Oral disease is the most frequently diagnosed health problem for pets”. Although periodontal disease can occur rapidly at any age, risk factors for developing the disease in dogs can include increasing age, small breed size and neutering.
Animal researchers have long been aware of the potential connection of periodontal disease and life-threatening diseases in dogs and cats, including heart, liver, and kidney diseases. Pet health officials have coined the phrase, “Silent Killer of Pets,” when referring to periodontal disease because of the possible relationship between periodontal disease and overall health.
As there is growing evidence of possible oral-systemic connections, there is also a greater public awareness and call to action for a healthier mouth. With a strong body of evidence suggesting that the health of the oral cavity may increase the risk and complications for a number of serious diseases and conditions, client education and compliance is important.
There is a need for cutting-edge technologies to aid in the diagnosis of oral health conditions, such as gingivitis and periodontal disease, among consumers and professionals. PDx Biotech’s innovative diagnostic platforms, such as OrStrip QuickCheck Canine, are designed to address significant unmet oral healthcare needs that include quick, simple and cost-effective formats.