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Pet Toy Alert

September 23rd, 2007, 02:00 AM
Itchmo Pet Safety Alert: Lead And Other Metals Found In Wal-Mart Pet Toys

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 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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September 23rd, 2007, 02:12 AM

add one more reason for me to continue with both my Walmart and my "made in China" boycotts.

September 23rd, 2007, 02:14 AM
Me too. :frustrated: :mad:

September 23rd, 2007, 04:26 AM
I'll join the Walmart boycotters after reading that! No wonder the prices there are so low. :yell:

(It's not like I ever go shopping there anyway. The bus ride is long. :D)

September 23rd, 2007, 08:08 AM

ill still go to walmart for stuff for me (cd's, dvd's, etc)

but ive never been once to buy pet stuff..definitely not now

September 23rd, 2007, 10:53 AM
That is scary! :eek: I have bought quite a few toys for the kittens/cats from wal-mart.

September 23rd, 2007, 01:01 PM
I think toys like this would also be found elsewhere. I would just make sure not to buy anything made outside of the U.S. or Canada. :pawprint:

September 23rd, 2007, 07:22 PM

add one more reason for me to continue with both my Walmart and my "made in China" boycotts.

et moi aussi !!!