Yesterday was a heartbreaking day. We had to put our 12 year old Silky Terrier, Asta down after a two year battle with bladder cancer. He also developed congestive heart failure in the last year which contributed to his deteriorating condition. He was a wonderful friend whom I loved very, very much and was part of our larger rescue family comprised of seven cats and another dog. Asta came to us at 3 to 4 years of age from terrible circumstances and it took a lot of TLC and vet visits for him to regain his health. Unfortunately his previous owner’s actions are what let to his eventual death. They never gave him heartworm medication (even though we live in south Texas where the mosquito population is strong) which led to the worse case of heartworms our vet had ever seen. They also sprayed their yard with copious amounts of pesticides and had Asta living in it. Our wonderful vet believes his heart condition was due to heartworm damage and the bladder cancer to pesticide use. We had our “little man” for 9 years and feel blessed he was a part of our lives. He was an absolute joy and by my side 24/7. He will be very much missed and our house is not very lively today. I am posting this as a PSA of sorts. Please tell your family and friends who have dogs and cats to NOT use pesticides in their yards and keep up with their heartworm medication. We could have had Asta for another 3 to 4 years if only…….. My question is this: Has anyone known of pesticides causing cancer in dogs?
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