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Lawns & dog cancer
Lawn chemicals have been linked to two types of canine cancers (which is not to say that they aren't linked to more). These chemicals don't have to be in your personal yard, as they may through chemical drift travel to neighbouring yards, and even inside houses.

A six-year study links lawn pesticides to canine malignant lymphona (CML); «specifically, the use of professionally applied pesticides was associated with a significant 70% higher risk of CML. Risk was also higher in those reporting use of self-applied insect growth regulators.»

A separate study finds that herbicides contribute to CML.

A third concludes that certain herbicides and other lawn chemicals make the risk of canine bladder cancer significantly higher. The expose can come from ingestion, inhalation, or skin contact.

A fourth study found herbicide contaminants inside and throughout homes *both prior to and after* application outdoors. Pets absorb and track lawn chemicals -- the chemical travels. The most significant factors for this travel was whether you remove your shoes at the door or not (as is the standard here in Norway), the activity level of children who play outside, and the activity level of the pets.

The studies are important to both human and pet health. A type of lymphoma humans may get has a similar histology and epidemiology as CML, and has also been linked to common lawn chemicals. It's worth noting that agricultural use of these herbicides have increased too, due to weed resistance to previously used brands of herbicide.

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