Most people really love their pets. Some research has shown that pet owners are healthier and they lead less stressful lives. In those who have been diagnose with mesothelioma having a pet may comfort them in a way that family members or friends cannot, like the unconditional love that a puppy gives you. But what about the possibility of your pets getting exposed to asbestos? Is this possible? Sounds rude, but it is possible.
In these times medical science is seeing cases of asbestos exposure being past down to second tier for example; the member of a domicile that does not work near asbestos but a parent, roommate or sibling does. Anyone who has involuntarily inhaled the deadly substance could be at risk. Veterinarians have also determined that domestic animal can suffer from asbestos exposure related illnesses just like their owner.
Canines can breathe in asbestos fibers and suffer from mesothelioma as well as be a source of contamination by bringing the contaminate into the home lodge in it body hairs or paws. This could happen if a dog is allowed to roam and comes in contact with asbestos either through a natural source or industrial.
Mesothelioma behaves differently in animals then in mankind. The latency period for animal is far shorter than with human. Symptoms do not show up in humans for over 1 to 4 decades where as in canines they begin to manifest themselves a little before one decade has pasted. But, mesothelioma has been found in canines young and old.
In canines also mesothelioma may be cause by other things than asbestos exposure. PCP an organochlorine compound and other poisonous substances have been shown to make the chances of an animal getting mesothelioma greater.
Larger dogs seem to be at more risk than smaller dogs and male dogs more than females. Breed that vets believe to be most susceptible are Alsatians, Red Setters and Toucheur de Boefs all larger breeds of dogs. Mesothelioma in canines tends to manifest itself in the membrane that encases the pulmonary system. Although cases are known to have shown up in the cardiac system’s pericardium and digestive track’s peritoneum.
Some of the sign that a canine may be suffering from mesothelioma are visible 30 days prior to discovery, they include rapid fatigue during any type of cardio activity. Massive fluid buildup in the lungs and pulmonary system is also present, coughing, stomach pain, and lack of appetite. You may also notice increase periods of unconsciousness and inactivity. Because of prohibitive treatment expenditures and the certainty that the dogs will succumb to the illness the vet will probably just put the dog to sleep if he is diagnosed with mesothelioma. For more information on asbestos exposure and your pets, do check with your local veterinarian.