Welcome to Four Paws Up!, the newsletter of The Happy Dog Spot.

Last month we talked about fleas and ticks, and the dangers of chemical spot-on flea and tick treatments for our pets. We mentioned that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is intensifying its evaluation of spot-on pesticide products for flea and tick control due to recent increases in the number of reported adverse reactions in pets treated with these products. Adverse reactions reported range from mild effects such as skin irritation to more serious effects such as seizures and, in some cases, death of the pet.

In this issue, I would like emphasize the dangers of all chemical pesticides. I will also give you information on an interesting safe, effective alternative I found to chemical pesticides -- cedar oil.

Once again, I hope you find this information helpful and useful, and that it supports you in making the best decisions about your dog's care and health.

Enjoy, and here's hoping that all dogs are happy dogs.

In this Issue:

Featured Article: Cedar Oil: A Safe, Effective Alternative to Chemical Pesticides

Here is an abstract of a study published in the Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health linking pet bladder cancer to home pesticide use:

Pet Bladder Cancer Linked to Home Pesticide Use

SOURCE: Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health; 28 (4). 1989. 407-414

A case-control study of household dogs was conducted to determine if exposure to sidestream cigarette smoke and chemicals in the home, use of topical insecticides, and obesity are associated with the occurrence of bladder cancer. Information was obtained by interview from owners of 59 dogs with transitional-cell carcinoma of the bladder and 71 age- and breed size-matched control dogs with other chronic diseases or neoplasms. Bladder cancer risk was unrelated to sidestream cigarette smoke and household chemical exposures. Risk was significantly increased by topical insecticide use. When dogs were given 1-2 topical pesticide applications per year, there was a 60% increased risk of bladder cancer. When animals were given more than 2 pesticide applications per year there was a 3.5 times increased risk for the animal developing bladder cancer (chitrend; p = .008). This risk was enhanced in overweight or obese dogs. Further studies of this canine model may facilitate identification of specific carcinogens present in insecticides commonly used on pet animals and in the environment.

Department of Pathobiology
Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine, West Lafayette, Indiana 47907

For the results of many more research studies about the poisonous effects of pesticides on both people and pets, visit http://www.chem-tox.com/pesticides/index.htm . Here you will find summaries of more than 30 published research studies on the toxic effects of chemical pesticides to us and our pets -- from cancer in children to brain damage to Parkinson's disease.

Since my last email, I have found an interesting company that I would like to share with you, which can help keep insects away from your home and garden safely and without poisonous chemical pesticides.

The company is called Cedar Oil Industries and, as the name implies, they use cedar oil to safely secure your home and your family from pests.

Cedar oil can control of head lice, mosquitoes, flies, fleas, no-see-ums, chiggers, ticks, chinch bugs, grub worms, mites, mole crickets, earwigs, slugs, snails, caterpillars, beetles, June bugs, May bugs, root maggots, army worms, weevils, wire worms, ants and termites.

We love our pets, but by applying toxic spot-on flea and tick products to their bodies, we may very well be causing them terminal illness and premature death.

Fortunately, there is a safe, effective alternative.

Visit Cedar Oil Industries for safe, effective flea and tick control products for your pet, as well as products that will control unwanted insects both inside and outside of your home -- without using toxic, poisonous, harmful chemicals.

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