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Protect your pets from mesothelioma & asbestos exposure

Pets are as vulnerable as humans to being diagnosed with mesothelioma, they can develop the same rare cancer in exactly the same way. Mesothelioma is not unique to just humans, it is very common in family pets including cats and dogs.

Studies in Italy have found that pets cannot be cured of mesothelioma. Like humans, surgical excision can only rarely be performed on pets depending upon the time of diagnosis. Therefore, it is essential for pet owners to be aware of where asbestos is present and ensure that exposure is avoided.

How can pets be exposed to asbestos?

Similar to humans, the most common exposure to asbestos is through secondhand exposure. Pets can inhale the deadly microscopic fibres or ingest them similar to humans if asbestos is present on their owner’s clothes or skin.

Exposure to asbestos is also is common during home renovations. Older homes built before the year 2000 still contain asbestos-containing materials. These include asbestos insulation board (AIB), floor tiles and cement. When these products are disturbed they can release asbestos fibres into the air exposing mammals to asbestos. Gain an understanding of the potential health risks posed by undiscovered asbestos by booking an asbestos survey online.

For more information on symptoms and diagnosis click here.