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Heart disease top cause of death among Taipei dogs: poll

Heart disease top cause of death among Taipei dogs: poll

Taipei, Dec. 29 (CNA) Heart disease is the leading cause of death among domestic dogs in Taipei, which indicates that their average life span is increasing, according to a poll released Thursday. The poll, conducted by National Taiwan University's School of Veterinary Medicine, identified the 10 leading causes of death among domestic dogs in the city based on the analysis of 587 deaths from Jan. 1 to Dec. 28. Close to 30 percent of the deaths occurred in dogs between 12 and 16 years old, with heart disease determined as the cause in 20.5 percent of the total deaths. Kidney failure was the second most common cause, accounting for 12.9 percent of the total deaths, followed by cancer in 10.6 percent of the cases, according to the survey that was commissioned by the Taipei City Animal Protection Office. "The fact that the top three causes of death are similar among domestic dogs and humans shows that dogs are receiving good care from their owners," said Liu Chen-hsuan, a NTU professor who led the survey team. Liu said deaths caused by infectious diseases made up only 6 percent of all the canine deaths in the city, indicating that sanitation standards and disease prevention in the care of animals in Taipei are improving. Cancer, heart disease and cerebrovascular disease were the three leading causes of death among people in Taiwan this year. Simon Yang, president of the Taipei Veterinary Medical Association, said people in Taiwan today are treating their dogs very differently from in the past. "Dogs are increasingly being seen as part of the family," Yang said. However, while the living environment and medical care of dogs in Taipei have improved, the same may not be true for dogs in rural areas, Yang said. Rounding out the top 10 causes of canine death in Taipei were digestive disease (9.2 percent), nervous system disease (9 percent), infectious disease (6 percent), liver disease (5.6 percent), trauma (5.3 percent), respiratory disease (4.8 percent) and poisoning (2.5 percent). There are currently more than 160,000 domestic dogs and 80,000 domestic cats in Taipei. (By Christie Chen)


Updated : 2021-01-16 01:39 GMT+08:00