Increased risk of canine cancer from garden chemicals, studies show

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Studies show dogs have an increased risk of developing cancer if they spend time in gardens treated with chemicals. This type of cancer (known as malignant lymphoma) is the same as the human disease non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Owners with dogs with this type of cancer were asked which garden chemicals they use. Amongst the list was fertilizers, fungus killers, insect killers, weed killers, and rodent killers. Herbicides (weed killers) and fertilizers were the two products used the most amongst these dog owners.

The study also found the dog’s chance of cancer increased by 70% when applied professionally. This is because of higher concentrations of chemicals used.

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Roundup is one of the most popular herbicides. Glyphosate is Roundups main ingredient. A different study found exposure to this ingredient increases human risk of developing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma by 41%.

An ingredient called 2,4-D (which is similar to glyphosate) doubles a dog’s risk of malignant cancer when used as little as four times a year. A study in 1991 discovered. A further study in 2013, showed products containing 2,4-D increased the risk of bladder cancer in dogs.

Produce we consume which is not organic leaves us at risk of dangerous chemicals in our bodies. Researchers stated people using garden chemicals and pets spending time in gardens treated with them are at an even higher risk.

Next time you buy garden (or even household products), please take a moment to read the ingredients on the back and avoid unnatural products wherever possible. Look at these simple, yet effective natural options for killing weeds ➡️ 🌱

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