It is still too painful to write about – but in short – my beautiful Bernese Mountain Dog, Pinuki, bled to death at the age of eight. The best veterinarians in the world were unable to determine a cause of the bleeding or to stop it. Pinuki had five blood transfusions and three major surgeries. When she was not bleeding – she exhibited absolutely no symptoms of illness.
Pinuki, throughout her entire life with me (she came home at under 2 months of age), was routinely assaulted by the applications of MCPP to our home. She ate the treated grass as if she were a cow. And I did not know then what I know now. I do not know if I will ever be able to forgive myself for not protecting her.
“In laboratory tests, mecoprop has inhibited the synthesis of DNA (the molecules that contain genetic information), interfered with blood clotting, and inhibited the production of important components of the immune system.
Anemia – Exposure to mecoprop has caused the development of anemia in tests with laboratory animals. As part of mecoprop’s registration process, a pesticide manufacturer sponsored two studies with dogs. In one, dogs were fed mecoprop for 12 months; in the other, for three months. In both studies, the amount of hemoglobin in the dogs’ blood decreased at doses of about 20 mg/kg. Hemoglobin is the oxygen-carrying molecule in the blood, and deficiencies in hemoglobin result in anemia.
Blood Clotting – Researchers at the University of Kuopio (Finland) noticed that bleeding is a symptom of poisoning by phenoxy herbicides. They then studied the effects of eight of these herbicides including mecoprop on “platelet aggregation” in human blood. Platelets are a component of blood that assists in clotting. Results of this study showed that concentrations as low as 1 part per million of mecoprop inhibited clotting. Other herbicides commonly used in combination with mecoprop had the same effect. ” http://www.pesticide.org/get-the-facts/pesticide-factsheets/factsheets/mecoprop_mcpp
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