These bacteria are commonly associated with periodontitis in dogs, but systemic infections can also occur.
Species which are pathogenic to dogs include:
- Fusobacterium nucleatum
- Fusobacterium canifelinum
Diagnosis relies primarily on bacterial culture and identification, although PCR assays are definitive in most cases.
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- Johnston TP et al(2011) Canine periodontal disease control using a clindamycin hydrochloride gel. J Vet Dent 28(4):224-229