Pets and our Environment!

Human’s and their pets may share
more qualities than one may initially think. Both can be; loving, happy,
excited, and even sad. Unfortunately, one shared quality that many pet owners
may not be aware of is that, pets also share our diseases. Obesity, diabetes,
heart disease, cancer and asthma are all diseases that dogs and cats suffer
from, along with humans.

Pets are in our environment with us. What people do not realize is
that since we share an environment, we are also exposed to the same pollutants.
For example, if we mop a floor with chemicals and use carpet cleaner on our
living room carpet, our pet, who might be lying on the floor, is going to
breathe in and be exposed to all the chemicals. These are the same chemicals
that would make us sick if we breathed in, and may even kill us if we ingested

Since cats wind up ingesting a lot
of dust on their fur due to their grooming habits, they are potentially at risk
for overactive thyroids. This is because the ingested dust could contain
chemicals from around the house. This may be a potential bigger issue. Toddlers
usually spend a lot of time crawling around floors and rugs. They are being
exposed to the same type of potentially dangerous dust particles!

You may be thinking, well, my dog
spends a lot of time outside, so this does not really apply to me. But, you may
not actually be clear from danger. Lawn and garden pesticides have been shown
in studies to increase cases of canine lymphoma and bladder cancer. In a 2004
study by Purdue University veterinarians, Scottish terriers exposed to certain
herbicides (including common weed killer), were more than four times likely to
develop bladder cancer compared to yards that had untreated lawns.

While our pets unfortunately live
relatively short lives, researchers can actually use this to their advantage.
Researchers can gather a lifetime of information in a dog’s accelerated life as
compared to people. This is important information because the functions of
certain human genes are actually very similar to dogs. So, some of the
information learned from environmental diseases in dogs and how we treat them,
can actually help find treatments and cures in humans as well.

So next time you smoke a cigarette
or spray some pesticide around your pet, know that you may potentially be
harming them as well as yourself. A clean environment can benefit all

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