EXPOSURE TO LAWN CHEMICALS INCREASES CANCER RISKS IN YOUR DOG                                                 

We never really think about it, but our dogs, roll, sniff, chew and play in the grass. Lawn chemicals and pesticides increase the risk of your dogs developing certain types of cancer.

Transitional Cell Carcinoma-bladder cancer is common in dogs that have been exposed to 2,4,D-lawn herbicides. Certain breeds such as Scottish terriers, Shetland sheepdogs, West Highland terriers and Beagles are more vulnerable.

Studies have shown that if one sprays herbicides more than 4 times a year, dogs are more than twice as likely to develop lymphoma. One application a year yields a third chance of developing lymphoma. Dogs that are more prone to lymphoma are breeds such as German shepherds, Boxers, Pointers, Golden Retrievers and Scottish terriers.

2,4-D- is found in broad leaf weed killers and most lawn herbicides.

Using natural lawn care products such as corn gluten meal as a natural weed killer and fertilizer can prevent your dogs from developing cancer.Dogs living in gated golf  and tennis communities are at a higher risk, since  these lawns are sprayed with pesticides more often than four times a year.

Claudia Bensimoun

Freelance

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