Apologies for delivering bad news on a holiday weekend, but at least it’s not that incongruous given that the holiday weekend is Easter. So, here goes:
The Seattle Times on summarizes a new study on the most common causes of death in different dog breeds. The Scottie News is sorry to say that Scottish Terriers rank high for cancer death.
Researchers examined data from the Veterinary Medical Database to determine the cause of death for nearly 75,000 dogs over the 20-year period of 1984 through 2004. The study included 82 breeds, from Afghan hounds to Yorkshire terriers.
Researchers classified the deaths by organ system and disease process and analyzed the data by breed, age and average body mass.
Cancer was the leading cause of death across all breeds studied, but the five breeds with the highest proportion were the Bernese mountain dog, golden retriever, Scottish terrier, bouvier and boxer.
Reproductive disease is also more frequent among Scottish Terriers although it is not a leading cause of death.
Click to access the full study entitled “Mortality in North American Dogs from 1984 to 2004: An Investigation into Age-, Size-, and Breed-Related Causes of Death.”