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« on: September 17, 2007, 06:03:06 PM »

Expertox, a Texas lab, has found elevated levels of lead, chromium, and cadmium in two Chinese-made pet toys sold at Wal-Mart. But two veterinarians said the levels found by the lab are not a health risk to cats and dogs.

The lab was hired by ConsumerAffairs.com to test two dog toys and two cat toys for heavy metals and other toxins.

A dog chew toy, a green monster, tested positive for what the lab categorizes as high levels of lead and chromium. The lab detected lead levels of 907.4 micrograms per kilogram (almost one part per million). Chromium was found at levels of 334.9 micrograms per kilogram. Levels of cadmium, arsenic and mercury were also found in the green monster toy.

The lab said with that kind of concentration, if a dog puts the toy in his mouth and chews or licks it, he is being exposed to a good amount of lead and runs the risk of metal toxicity that may shorten his life.

Expertox said a cloth catnip toy also tested positive for a “tremendous amount” of the toxic metal cadmium. The levels of cadmium found were 236 micrograms per kilogram.

Two other Wal-Mart pet toys were analyzed, a cloth hedgehog for dogs and a plastic dumbbell toy for cats. Expertox found cadmium in those two pet toys, but the lab toxicologist said the levels found were similar to the amount in one cigarette and not considered significant.

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« Reply #1 on: September 17, 2007, 08:02:21 PM »

Is it only the green one? Kiva has an orange one. Sad
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« Reply #2 on: September 17, 2007, 08:05:52 PM »

I don't know Layne, Consumer Affairs just tested the green one, as far as I can tell.

And I'm sure it's not just WalMart toys that are affected.

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« Reply #3 on: September 17, 2007, 10:52:56 PM »

 vent  What's next???
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« Reply #4 on: September 18, 2007, 04:46:22 AM »



And molly of course has that exact same green toy bought from walmart .  Its not in her toy box now so she hasn't played with it in months.  Molly has so many toys that we have garbage bags that we switch to put in her toy box.

So now i know which toy to toss.

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« Reply #5 on: September 18, 2007, 07:11:52 AM »

Good grief.  Is nothing sacred?
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« Reply #6 on: September 18, 2007, 08:48:06 AM »

It just doesn't stop.
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« Reply #7 on: September 18, 2007, 09:58:26 AM »

Take this information with a healthy dose of caution. Expertox is a lab that specializes in DNA, and they have been used several times this year to test dog food. Every time, their results have come under question.
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« Reply #8 on: September 18, 2007, 12:48:28 PM »

I guess we will see what comes of it.
I am sure if they tested many other toys, similar results would be found.  I am not sure how harmful it is at those levels.  Unfortunately it is a wait and see type of issue.
My dogs have nyla bones and tennis balls.  Anything on those yet?  Maybe I should check where they are made. whoknows
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« Reply #9 on: September 18, 2007, 01:02:22 PM »

All of these food and toy recalls only point out what most educated pet owners have known for decades: the pet food industry is a hugely profitable industry and is terribly under regulated. Dog food sales exceed baby food sales in the US. I wonder what they will find when they are start looking into pet nutritional supplements. eeek
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« Reply #10 on: September 18, 2007, 03:28:51 PM »

They will find everything causes some form of cancer in lab animals receiving high doses and everything they tested is in all toys, our food, dog food, dog toys, bones, tennis balls and anything that can be inserted into a mouth by human or animal.
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