If you need further evidence that applying herbicides to your lawn is a bad idea, an article my vet just sent me about a possible link between some commonly used lawn herbicides and an increased incidence of bladder cancer in dogs should provide it.
What is perhaps most frightening about the research conducted at Purdue University and the University of North Carolina is that in half of the cases traces of the chemicals were found in a dog's urine even when the dog's owner DID NOT apply the chemicals to their yard, raising a red flag about herbicide drift or contact with the chemicals when a dog is out for a walk. Evidence of the chemicals was found in yards a full 48 hours after they were applied.
If you use a lawn service, demand to know what they're putting on your lawn and err on the side of caution if they post a "safe when dry" flag on your lawn. If you're convinced you have no option but using an herbicide, try treating the front and back yards in alternate weeks.
The article is here:
A warning about lawn chemicals and pets
Published July 30th, 2013 6:09 AM
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