25 Sep '12, 9am

"Pets share our environment and our diseases" by @LindseyKonkel via @EnvirHealthNews:

"Pets share our environment and our diseases" by @LindseyKonkel via @EnvirHealthNews:

When Janet Riordan returned home from a vacation, she expected a storm of tail wagging and barking from her 7-year-old golden retriever, Reggie. The moment she saw him, she knew something was wrong. “He came to me in my arms and appeared to be sobbing. I had never seen an animal behave like that,” said Riordan, who lives in a suburb of Milwaukee, Wis. A veterinarian confirmed her fears: Reggie had an aggressive form of lymphoma. Riordan knew the toll that lymphoma could take. Four years earlier her father died of it. “It was devastating,” Riordan said. “I never thought I would lose my dad and my dog to the same disease.” Pet owners share their homes, their exercise habits and sometimes even their food with their four-legged companions. And increasingly, they are sharing the same diseases: Dogs and cats suffer from obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, thyroid disorders...

Full article: http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/ehs/news/2012/pets...

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