Lawn care linked to cancer in canines

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POSTED: Friday, May 24, 2013 - 5:18pm

UPDATED: Friday, May 24, 2013 - 5:35pm

Cancer causes approximately 50% of canine deaths each year, and some of these deaths might have been preventable if the owner had taken the proper precautions with their dog's outdoor activity.

Much like humans, dogs can form cancer on any part of their body. In fact, according to a new study from Purdue University shows that many lawn care herbicides used to kill and treat weeds are being linked to canine bladder cancer.

Dr. Laura Cauthen of Animal Medical Center of Tyler says, "The reason it's so high risk for dogs is because dogs go out on the lawn and their using their tongue and nose to inhale these products or even eat grass. "

Dr. Cauthen suggests keeping your dog from the sprayed area for at least a week.

Although bladder cancer is very dangerous, that's not the only cancer your dog can get from being in the backyard for too long. Veterinarians say many pet owners might not know it, but just like humans, dogs can get skin cancer.

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