Dog Mortality By Breed

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Dog Mortality By Breed

Post by Greys4Us on Thu Oct 27, 2011 4:05 pm

In February, an on-line version of an article was published in the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine regarding dog mortality. The title of the article is Mortality in North American Dogs from 1984 to 2004: An Investigation into Age-, Size-, and Breed-Related Causes of Death written by J.M. Fleming, K.E. Creevy, D.E.L. Promislow.

I've included a link to the abstract below:

The entire article was published on line but now you have to buy it. The study was quite extensive as you can see by the abstract. But if I can simplify it to what we care about, the greyhound is fifth out of all dog breeds observed to have been diagnosed with cancer. Of course, this is greatly simplified. There are a lot of data elements that need to be examined. For instance, cancer is not the most common disease to kill greyhounds. There are other diseases too. However, this is at least one statistic that helps us determine that, although greyhounds are at the top of the list, there are other dogs ahead on the list. Also, you have to keep in mind the types of cancer, the cure rate, and death rate.

I add this here in case you want to purchase the article. It has numerous tables to wade through and the reading is very dry but I feel that it is extremely well written and the data were collected correctly.

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Re: Dog Mortality By Breed

Post by Guest on Thu Oct 27, 2011 7:40 pm

Thanks Hettie, we need all the info we can get.


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