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My understanding is that weed killer (often included in fertilizer/lawn care products) may be associated with an increased incidence of certain tumors--lymphoma and bladder tumors.

There are various cancers whose prevalence in specific breeds indicates the risk is modulated in large part by inherited factors. Perhaps the best studied among these is bladder cancer in Scottish terriers. Recent work by Knapp, Glickman, and others3,4 shows that the risk for this disease is almost 20-fold greater in Scottish terriers than the average for all dogs. However, the occurrence of the disease seems to be influenced by environmental factors such as exposure to herbicides, as well as by body composition. The genes that modulate risk in this breed remain to be determined, and are possibly linked in a complex mode of inheritance that could make their identification challenging.[/b]
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The weed killer-lymphoma link is weak and controversial. However, because bassets are sometimes included on lists of breeds at increased risk for lymphoma, I personally avoid use of weed killer.

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Lawn Treatments May Cause Harm to Pets

A couple of my dogs got into some blood meal on a friend's property a few years ago. The older dog spent the night at the emergency vet's for hydration and monitoring. The younger dog was able to come home, but also spent the night vomiting.
 
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