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Some states fail to care for pet's teeth
Updated: 2/28/2012 7:00:10 PM

Some states fail to care for pet  

February is National Pet Dental Health Month, so veterinarians have been offering a great deal of advice on how to take care of a cat or dog's teeth. Unfortunately, people in some states appear to have missed the memo.

Boston.com reports that Banfield Pet Hospital’s internal research team, Banfield Applied Research & Knowledge (BARK) has determined a list of states with the "Worst Pet Teeth in America."

Number one on the list is Minnesota, where Banfield diagnosed 69 percent of dogs and 73 percent of cats with dental disease. Other states that made the top 15 are Utah, South Carolina, South Dakota, Rhode Island, Colorado and Virginia.

The American Veterinary Dental Society states that periodontal disease is the most common health problem that veterinarians find in pets.  Rene Carlson, the president of the organization, states that "untreated periodontal disease can lead to kidney disease and even diabetes and cancer."

It's important to brush a dog or cat's teeth regularly. Individuals who are concerned about the oral health of their animals should speak to their veterinarians about what they can do to improve their pet's teeth. 

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