Before treating your lawn this summer, read this disturbing news on the connection between a deadly canine cancer and 2,4-D, a new breed of weed killer!
Malignant Lymphoma In The Canine (CML)
We all take pride in our well tended lawns but if you also love your dog read this 2017 news about lawn treatments, the ever-increasing array of pesticides and the ever-rising lymphoma cancer rate in people and their pets.
Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine has shown this increasingly common cancer is linked to 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D). The lawn care product is used to kill weeds but the World Health Organization’s International Research on Cancer division reports this lawn treatment can also kill your dogs.
No mention was made of children who also run barefoot and roll in the grass but it would be a mistake to assume they are immune to toxic lawn treatments.
Lymphoma is cancer of the immune system, thus the body’s natural defenses are attacked by malignant lymphocytes and while there is treatment, there is no cure.
Canine malignant lymphoma (CML) risk appeared higher when homeowners applied the “insect growth regulator” as opposed to having their lawns professionally treated. Make no mistake. Pesticides are poison. Lawn care professionals wear appropriate protection.
The World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer classified 2,4-D as “possibly carcinogenic to humans.” That is a subtle way of saying it also causes cancer in people. One report stated “herbicides containing 2,4-D doubled the risk of CML when dog owners used it four or more times per year.” This is not a new warning but a reminder to keep children and pets out of your yard after using any form of pesticide.
In addition to cancer of the lymph system, researchers found that “2, 4-D herbicides and other lawn chemicals” carry a higher risk of bladder cancer.
TheDogPlace.org staff suggests you share this information with your neighbors because (chemicals) “were commonly detected in grass residues from… untreated lawns” which suggests an airborne chemical drift across property lines. One study “found contaminants of the herbicide 2,4-D inside and throughout homes both prior to and after outdoor application” which indicates pets and people track the weed killer a surprising distance. That study suggested removing one’s shoes at the door when lawn chemicals have been used but what about pets? And children who tussle in the grass?
If the increase in cancers were depicted on a chart comparing cancer rates to the increased use of lawn care product such as 2,4-D and Roundup, you would prefer weeds and bugs to treating your premises!
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