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Canine Cancers May Indicate Hazardous Homes For Humans

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Be careful about the chemicals you apply to your lawn this summer. Studies show that keeping a nontoxic home—including lawns and gardens—profoundly influences pet health and well-being besides your own.

A study carried out to determine whether residential exposure to environmental pollutants increased risk for canine malignant lymphoma (CML) in pet dogs found two variables positively and independently associated with the disease, namely residency in industrial areas and use of chemicals by owners, specifically paints or solvents. A significantly lower value of the mean age of disease onset was found in the group of dogs at risk in comparison with the group of all other dogs (6.1 versus 7.5 years).

While all paints are potentially acutely toxic to canines if ingested, purchasing paint products with low-volatile organic chemical (VOC) levels can reduce exposure to the poisonous vapors seeping 24/7 from even closed paint cans, freshly painted walls and, of course wherever home projects occur.

Pets can be like toddlers: close to the ground; licking the floor or other surfaces; and of course not immune to rubbing and rolling on the carpet or grass.

Among household cleaning products with solvents, floor cleaners and carpet spot and stain removers frequently contain toxic solvents that can be emitted as fumes from floors and carpets for time periods. So using environmentally preferred brands, such as ECOS and Seventh Generation, is one way of protecting our four-legged family members.

Pet Proof Home

Researchers assessed the relation of exposure to lawn care products and risk of CML in a study that included 240 dogs with benign tumors and 230 dogs undergoing surgeries unrelated to cancer. After adjustment for age, weight, and other factors, use of specific lawn care products was associated with greater risk of CML. Specifically, the use of professionally applied pesticides was associated with a significant 70% higher risk of CML. Risk was also higher in those reporting use of self-applied insect growth regulators (eg, methoprene). “Results suggest that use of some lawn care chemicals may increase the risk of CML.”

But what we are also learning is that protecting pets is good for our health too.

“We suggest that canine lymphoma may be considered a sentinel of potentially hazardous situations for humans, because of the relatively short latency between exposure and disease onset,” say the researchers in the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine.

“Dogs have environmental exposures similar to their owners because they share the same household,” says the other team of researchers. “Dose of exposure to environmental chemicals such as lawn care products used at home may be substantial, especially for dogs spending a considerable amount of time outdoors on lawns.”

Biki B. Takashima-Uebelhoer, Lisa G. Barber, Sofija E. Zagarins, Elizabeth Procter-Gray, Audra L. Gollenberg, Antony S. Moore, and Elizabeth R. Bertone-Johnson Household Chemical Exposures and the Risk of Canine Malignant Lymphoma, a Model for Human Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Environ Res. 2012 Jan; 112: 171–176. Published online 2012 Jan 4. doi: 10.1016/j.envres.2011.12.003 PMCID: PMC3267855 NIHMSID: NIHMS345441
Gavazza A, Presciuttini S, Barale R, Lubas G, Gugliucci B. Association between canine malignant lymphoma, living in industrial areas, and use of chemicals by dog owners. J Vet Intern Med. 2001
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