Many dog owners are using products they believe are helpful for the health of their dog, and do not realize some of these very products are opening up the dog to very real possibilities of developing more serious health issues. One of these health concerns is CML (canine malignant lymphoma) in dogs. Let’s look a bit deeper into how CML in dogs commonly occurs.
CML in dogs
Studies conducted by epidemiologists have very strongly suggested a direct relationship of the development of CML in dogs relating to exposure to common household chemicals all home owners have, yard pesticides, and the use of manufactured flea control products. These studies on the development of CML have been used as a method for identifying non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in humans.
The scientific methods used included a tertiary-care veterinary hospital over a three year time frame. The number of control dogs totaled 240 canines with benign tumors, 230 dogs being surgically treated with unrelated cancer conditions, and 263 dogs with confirmed lymphoma. The case study covered exposure to lawn pesticides, common chemicals used in cleaning home interiors, and manufactured flea and tick control medications. Control information was gathered from the dog’s owners and covered demographics, environmental conditions, and all known medical conditions of the dogs.
The results were conclusive for yard/lawn care pesticides applied by the home owners as well as for professionally applied lawn treatments. The increased risk of CML in dogs went up seventy percent! Surprisingly, the possible risk increase was not evident for flea and tick applied medications.
The epidemiologist’s conclusions are the home owner who uses either self-applied or professionally applied lawn care pesticides increase the risk of CML in dogs developing. To my line of thinking this only makes sense if your dog spends a great deal of time in your yard, and the transfer of strong pesticides from your lawn to the dog is bound to take place.
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