A question from one of our readers leads to what is quite literally a bitesized dog tip: Which breeds tend to have the greatest incidence of pyorrhea (bone degeneration), leading to loss of teeth?

The two breeds with the most frequent incidence of periodontal disease according to vet reports are the Dachshund and Schnauzer.

The host resistance factor seems to be lower in these breeds.

What Is Pyorrhea in Dogs?

Pyorrhea is a purulent inflammation of the gums and tooth sockets, often leading to loosening of the teeth and is sometimes accompanied with puss and discharge.

You should care for your dog’s teeth by regularly brushing and having your dog’s mouth checked at routine vet visits.