Monday, March 3, 2008
Lead in toys a danger to companion animals
Everyone is familiar with the flood of lead-tainted children's toys that have been discovered and recalled over the past year. People may be less familiar with similar issues affecting animal products. The St. Pete Times ran a story last month about the dangers of lead found in toys and products designed for companion animals. The article focuses on a sad story about a man's sun conure who died of lead poisoning after chewing on pieces of a bird toy containing lead. In an article from today, the Dallas Morning News cites the early Times article and discusses lead problems with dog charms containing 15,000 parts per million of lead paint, which could be dangerous to either a pet or a child.