02/05/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Pesticides Poisoning Pets -- And Now Vets Will Report It

Dogs and cats may be more vulnerable to pesticide poisoning than their human companions. After all, they nose around close to the ground, where lawn and garden pesticides may linger, and they lick themselves clean afterward. Beyond that, many pets are dosed with flea and tick repellents and powders.

All of which means that dogs, cats and other pets may be at risk of chemical poisoning and other health problems that come from exposure to pesticides. While veterinarians have been aware of the issue, a new American Veterinary Medical Association Web site makes reporting cases -- and hopefully, identifying the most risky chemicals and uses -- much easier, according to Beyond Pesticides, a group that advocates for eliminating the use of pesticides.

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