Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Are You Dosing Your Dog With Estrogen?

Dogs with too much estrogen or the
worst Halloween costume ever?
The New York Times reports that hormone creams used by women can expose pets to side effects, even in spayed and neutered dogs and cats.

Veterinarians around the country are reporting a strange phenomenon: spayed dogs and cats, even some puppies and kittens, are suddenly becoming hormonal.

In female pets, the symptoms resemble heat: swollen genitals, bloody discharge and behavioral problems. Male animals are showing up with swollen breast tissue and hair loss. Standard treatments and even repeated operations have had no effect.

Now vets have identified the culprit. The pets were all owned by women who used hormone creams on their hands, arms and legs to counter symptoms of menopause. Animals who licked or cuddled their owners, or rubbed up against their legs, were being inadvertently exposed to doses of hormone drugs.


Marie said...

Weird, only goes to show you how potent those hormone products are. So happy I managed to get through menopause without taking them. Looks like they are more trouble than they're worth.

Gina said...

VIN News/Edie Lau broke this story months ago, and we followed, both in the blog and syndicated column. Nice that it's finally getting out to a wide audience.

Viatecio said...

Makes me wonder about the poor husbands if even cuddling can cause a transfer of hormones!

Seahorse said...

Patrick, you forgot your usual "Click to enlarge" notation. Oh, right, the boys have already done so, lol.

Seahorse ;)

panavia999 said...

Worst Halloween Costume ever? I'd say it's one of the best.