Confirming what thousands of veterinarians around the country have suspected for years, studies in lab animals have shown an increased risk of lung cancer with exposure to radon. These studies revealed that breathing in radon and its progeny increases the risk of lung tumors. The risk is higher if the animal breathes in both cigarette smoke and radon. In some animals, the risk of certain other cancers also increased.
Over the past three decades, the quality of pet care and pet care options have expanded. Several decades ago when a pet had cancer, the only option was to euthanize the animal. Today, vets and vet specialist know more and do more to save the lives of these pets as well as identify ways to prevent various diseases from occurring.
Radon has long been suspected in lung cancer cases especially when it was confirmed that the pet lived in a smoke free environment where none of the occupants smoke and the pets were not exposed to secondary smoke.
More Studies Needed for Pets
There is no question that radon causes cancer in humans. Now evidence suggests radon is harmful to domestic animals as well. More animal studies are underway in order to better understand the health effects of radon exposure for a variety domestic animals.
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