by JoAnne Skelly


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May 8, 2013
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Be careful with lawn herbicides and dogs

When my dogs were alive, I avoided using herbicides in my yard. While chemical labels state safe reentry times after application, I just never felt comfortable about it. Recently an article came across my desk about herbicides being detected in the urine of pet dogs following home lawn herbicide application. This has been associated with “significantly higher bladder cancer risk in dogs” (http://weedsnetwork.com/traction/permalink/WeedsNews4419). The chemicals tested were some of the common ones used for lawn weeds: 2,4-D, MCPP and dicamba. Not only are these chemicals found singly in herbicide products, they are often found in fertilizer/weed killer combination products. What …

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The Record Courier Updated May 20, 2013 10:37AM Published May 8, 2013 09:27AM Copyright 2013 The Record Courier. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.