A recent study shows a link between kidney and dental disease in cats. FVRCP vaccinations are implicated, too.
If you’ve been putting off that dental your cat needs, maybe you should drop everything and call the veterinary dentist right now. A new study confirms what vets have suspected for a long time: There’s a link between dental and chronic kidney disease in cats.
The study, reported by the Winn Feline Foundation, looked at 56,414 cats who had periodontal disease when their vet clinics enrolled them in the study. Researchers followed them for 11 years.
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In addition to the link between dental and kidney disease in cats, the researchers found older, spayed/neutered, female purebred cats were most likely to develop chronic kidney disease. Other risk factors included more dental cleanings than cats in a control group, recent anesthesia and FVRCP vaccinations.
And it’s not just the link between dental and kidney disease that causes concern. Cats with dental disease are more prone to heart disease, cystitis, diabetes, hypertension, hyperthyroidism and other health issues.
“The authors conclude that breed, age and severity of dental disease are all risk factors for the development of chronic kidney disease in domestic cats,” Wynn writes. “Purebreds are likely at increased risk compared to mixed breed cats, likely due to genetic influences.”
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