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Toxic DOG TOYS? . . . and PLANTS? . . . and AIR FRESHENERS???

 

 

Please see image below. This beautiful, but deadly houseplant is a pretty addition to any house, BUT it can be very dangerous. According to one veterinarian, if your animals eat ANY part of this toxic plant, it will cause liver failure.

 

Sago Palm
Additional Common Names: Coontie Palm, Cardboard Palm, cycads and zamias
Scientific Name: Cycas revoluta, zamia species
Family: Cycadaceae
Toxicity: Toxic to Cats, Toxic to Dogs, Toxic to Horses
Toxic Principles: Cycasin
Clinical Signs: Vomiting, melena, icterus, increased thirst, hemorrhagic gastroenteritis, bruising, coagulopathy, liver damage, liver failure, death.



Did you know that there are NO standard minimum amounts for lead or other toxins in your dog's toys in the U.S.? According to an article in BARK magazine (April/May 2010), ‘recent tests of hundreds of pet toys, tennis balls, beds, collars and leashes reveal that many contain what researchers call “alarming levels” of lead and other harmful chemicals.’ 

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The following web site has a list of children’s toys and pet toys with various toxins:   www.healthystuff.org   Some of these toxins can include lead, arsenic, chlorine, bromine, chromium, and mercury (lead goes to the brain and causes learning disorders in children, and chromium is a cancer producing agent). The site has them listed by type here:http://www.healthystuff.org/departments/pets/product.searchtype.php  .Lead toxicity symptoms range from anemia, weight loss, vomiting, and seizures to neurological damage that cannot be reversed. .When tennis balls were tested no ‘human’ usage (‘sports’) balls contained lead, but the tennis balls made specifically for pets had a higher likelihood of containing lead, and the lettering on one pet tennis ball* contained 2,696 ppm lead and 262 ppm arsenic, (the federal standard for lead levels in children’s toys is set at 300 ppm). 

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 *(See photo for example, ball in photo has NOT been tested, I do not know which company made the high-lead lettering-content balls, it may NOT be the manufacturer of the ball in the photo—I’m throwing it out anyway.)
 

Toxic AIR FRESHENERS that contain phthalates:

According to an article in Dog Fancy magazine in February 2008, a test of 14 air fresheners found that 12 contained phthalates, which are linked to cancer and birth defects in lab animals. Read more at Toxipedia:  http://toxipedia.org/display/toxipedia/Air+Fresheners

Rather than taking a chance on filling your home with toxic fumes, open the windows to air it out and diffuse essential oils (here's a great place to start:  http://complete.younglivingworld.com/ )


Some companies, such as Planet Dog ( http://www.planetdog.com/home/ ), make nontoxic toys. A spokesperson for PetSmart says that they use the same standards for their products that are used for human safety. PetSmart also tests samples of their imported products for arsenic, barium, cadmium, chromium, lead, mercury and selenium. Some suggestions to lower your pet’s exposure to toxic chemicals in toys, collars, leashes, bedding, etc:  

1)  Buy toys made in the USA, most US companies are aware of the problems and try to avoid these toxins in their products.

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2)  I would no longer buy any tennis balls that are made specifically for pets, test results showed nearly half of them have lead. If your dog is too small to play with ‘human’ tennis balls, find another type of ball.

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3)  Don’t buy painted dog toys, those not made in the US can have lead in the paint. 


4)  Avoid collars with jewelry that is die-cast, the jewelry probably contains lead.

 5)  Be careful of generic or ‘no name’ brands of toys.     

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6)  Purchase toys made from natural materials such as wool, hemp, or cotton.  

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7)  Avoid toys made out of plastic with the number ‘3’ on them, they may contain PVC. Bowls made out of plastic with the number ‘7’ on them may contain Bisphenol A (toxic).

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8) Vinyl is toxic to dogs, use rubber (latex) instead (smell the toy, if it smells like vinyl, it probably is).  (If you see the word “phthalates” then the dog toy is toxic. Phthalates are used in plastics keep them flexible and durable.) 

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