There is no doubt that common lawn chemicals and pesticides are bad for you, and your dog. While there are some clinical links between certain lawn chemicals and certain types of canine cancer, notably bladder cancer, there is still a lot of grey area when it comes to the types of cancer these harmful substances can cause. Therefore, my recommendation is to stay away from all of them whenever possible. Even if lawn chemicals are not responsible for causing your dog’s cancer in any way, they are still harmful to your dog’s health during cancer treatment, as these chemicals must still be processed and filtered out by the body. If your pup is already in chemical overload due to chemotherapy and other cancer fighting agents, adding one more unnecessary compound to the list can be too much to handle.
Apparently, more and more people are starting to recognize the harmful effects that these dangerous lawn chemicals can have on themselves and their family members. In response to this public outcry, the State of Wisconsin is implementing a new Landscape Pesticide Advance Notice Registry. When you register to be added to this list, professional lawn and landscape companies have to give you 12 hours notice before applying pesticides to lawns, trees and shrubs at addresses you specify.
Adding your name is fairly easy, just fill out a simple form, including your contact information and the addresses that you want to be alerted about when pesticide applications are scheduled. Please Note, the deadline to be added to this registry is FEBRUARY 1, 2009, so sign up now!
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