Polluted Pets

Are chemical contaminants harming your dog?

When Sasha, a 10-year-old yellow Labrador Retriever, developed cancerous lumps in her chest, her owner began searching the Internet to determine the cause. What Chris C. of Utah found was a study released by the Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit Washington-based research and advocacy organization that said dogs were polluted with 2.4 times more chemical contaminants than people.

“I couldn’t believe it and wondered if that’s why Sasha had cancer,” Chris says. “I’m not an expert, but it seems logical that if dogs are exposed to chemicals, it could cause health problems at some point in their life.”

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