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Cancer and Pesticides
Study finds a link between lymphoma and certain types of lawn care

I'm told that the pesticides used on my lawn are “organic,” but I still worry about the adverse effects that they might have on my pets. The dogs walk with their bare paws, roll around, and sometimes snack on the grass, so I usually keep them off of the lawn for a few days following treatment. Turns out that my fears may not be unfounded.

A recent study identified a link between canine malignant lymphoma (CML) and certain lawn care products. Researchers surveyed people whose dogs were treated at the Foster Hospital for Small Animals at Tufts University's Veterinary School, some with CML and some without.

The study found that the use of professionally applied pesticides was associated with a 70 percent higher risk of CML. There was also a higher use of self-applied insect growth regulators among the families with a CML dog. Interestingly (and thankfully!), researchers did not find a link between flea and tick control products and CML.

Researchers hoped to shed light on the causes of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) in humans, a cancer that has doubled since the 1970's. It's easier to study the health effects of environmental risk factors in animals. CML was chosen because it has similar characteristics to NHL and responds similarly to treatment.

After reading this study, I'm already rethinking how I care for my lawn. It's great to see research that benefits both humans and canines!

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JoAnna Lou is a New York City-based researcher, writer and agility enthusiast.
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Submitted by Russell Hartstein | July 16 2012 |

Hi JoAnna,
This is a scary story, no matter how many organic treats and biodegradable poop bags we use here at Miami dog training it is always disconcerting when hearing of stories such as this. A lot more research and work needs to be done in this area for you, I and our clients to feel more comfortable with these “organic” claims. Russell Hartstein CPDT

Submitted by Dianne | July 17 2012 |

I'm not surprised by these findings. I will not use any chemicals on our lawn. It's one thing I can control, so I do.

Submitted by Pesticides Journal | July 26 2012 |

Hi, Your blog is very interesting that you gave the information that differentiating Pesticides and CML.

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