Ask the Vet with Marty Becker, DVM

Author and regular contributor to Good Morning America, The Dr. Oz Show, and PARADE Magazine

QuestionThe walking path that I take my dog on every day is right by high-tension wires. I’ve heard that repeated exposure to these kinds of areas can cause cancer. Is this true?

AnswerThe best answer from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is that it’s possible power lines pose a risk, but decades of research have been unable to definitively prove or disprove a link between cancer and mild exposure to the electric and magnetic fields surrounding power lines. Your pet’s exposure to tobacco smoke in your home or lawn chemicals in your yard should probably be of greater concern, as should be such life-shortening conditions like morbid obesity and periodontal disease.

Dr. Marty BeckerAbout Vet:

Becker, who is also known as “America’s Veterinarian,” is the author of more than twenty books on pet care, including his newest, Your Dog: The Owner’s Manual. A regular contributor to Good Morning America, The Dr. Oz Show, and PARADE Magazine, he is also the syndicated pet-care expert for Universal Uclick. In addition, he is a practicing veterinarian at Lakewood Animal Hospital in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho, and North Idaho Animal Hospital (NIAH) in Sandpoint, Idaho.

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