Oh No! Toxic Pet Toys!

@pyewacket (44032)
United States
December 1, 2008 2:02am CST
I only just came across this in my email. I subscribe to the petplace.com website and get a daily e-newsletter and this one "woke" me up. Remember how not too long ago, there were massive recalls of toys for children that were made in China due to the high levels of lead paint? Well I just bet none of us thought about the possibility of lead paint in toys for our pets....Well now we should be thinking it, and yes, due to pet toys made in China. Here's an excerpt from the article itself..I urge you though to read the entire article in it's entirety. [i]In the wake of the lead scare, two laboratories have conducted independent tests on randomly selected pet items. These very qualified laboratories include Trace Laboratories, Inc. in Illinois and ExperTox Analytical Laboratories in Texas. Both labs have found lead and other toxic heavy metals in pet items purchased from American stores. ExperTox Analytical Laboratories tested a Chinese-made, Wal-Mart marketed cat toy and dog toy. Both were packaged in a clear plastic wrapping with a cardboard label and no brand name. The dog toy, a latex, green monster, contained high levels of lead and chromium (a cancer-causing heavy metal) and smaller amounts of other toxic materials. The cat toy contained very high levels of the toxic heavy metal, cadmium. The lab determined these toxins were easily accessed and could be acquired from the toy with a simple lick of the dog's or cat's tongue. Trace Laboratories tested Paws 'N Claws tennis balls purchased at a dollar-type store. They found an astounding 27,200 ppm lead levels in the ink on the balls. They also tested a ceramic food dish and found lead levels at 2,890 ppm. The lead levels in both these items far exceeded the limit set for human toys. [/i] Besides toys..here are other possible sources of lead that can poison your pet and the symptoms of lead poisoning itself [i]Some lead-containing products which can be a threat to pets include the following: lead paint, fishing weights and sinkers, gun pellets, linoleum, drapery weights, rug padding, automotive parts, and construction materials among others. Some symptoms of lead poisoning include anemia, vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, seizures, blindness, deafness and behavior changes.[/i] Here's the entire article..it gives more about lead poisoning in general http://www.petplace.com/cats/toxic-toys-is-there-lead-lurking-in-your-pet-supplies/page1.aspx?utm_source=catcrazynews001et&utm_medium=email&utm_content=petplace_article&utm_campaign=dailynewsletter (Warning: This is NOT a referral link but a link to the article about lead poisoning) So gee, just great we now have to concern ourselves about possibly poisoning our pets from lead painted toys...wonderful
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@sharra1 (6342)
• Australia
1 Dec 08
Thanks for the warning. Luckily for us we do not buy dog toys as our dog destroys them in seconds. We stick to proper bones now but it is worth knowing so we can be careful of anything we see. Even tennis balls? What are they doing to their own people? Doesn't anyone care any more about peoples welfare.
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@BarBaraPrz (22549)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
1 Dec 08
Apparently not...
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
2 Dec 08
Guess not. Think major companies are more interested in what's "cost effective" and get materials on the cheap only to make big profits
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@guybrush (4660)
• Australia
1 Dec 08
I must admit, I HAD thought of this when purchasing a pet toy to take to my daughter's. My Mum has a dread of anything made in China, so I was mindful of the stickers on the toys and purposely didn't choose anything from there. I also worry about the bright coloured dyes on the toys. It's very frightening there isn't more policing of chemicals and additives used when making things - even upholstered furniture from China has been found to be grossly toxic. No wonder so many people now have allergies and asthma - almost unheard of 30 years ago! I didn't know a single kid with an asthma puffer when I was growing up, and now every second child seems to have one in their schoolbag. Something's seriously wrong! (Digression ...)
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
1 Dec 08
The problem is, did you know a lot of products might be from companies here in the US, and maybe say "distribued by (company name)" but are still made in china? Yikes I didn't know that about furniture items as well. And you're right about more and more kids having asthma now...not only kids but adults as well...does make you think
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@guybrush (4660)
• Australia
1 Dec 08
Just last night they had an article on telly about buying Christmas hams. Apparently if the label says 'product of Australia', it means the ham is from Australian pigs - but if it says 'made in Australia', it contains pork (?) meat imported from possibly questionable sources which is processed into a ham here. The article said the best way to be sure was to buy ham on the bone, as it's illegal for boned ham to be brought into the country. A handy hint!
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
2 Dec 08
Mmmm...thanks for that tip...I'll take note of it now on anything I buy..sheesh
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@Thoroughrob (11750)
• United States
1 Dec 08
This is the first time that I heard of this. Thanks for the heads up. I don't think I have any here.
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
1 Dec 08
Glad to give you this info
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@gracie04 (4554)
• Philippines
1 Dec 08
YAY! China toys seem to be very harmful to kids as they are made of toxic materials.. here in our country, there are heaps of made in china toys being offered in discount stores..yay! that's why i never patronize those though they are offered in discount prices!
@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
1 Dec 08
It's not only discount stores though were the problem is..I went to a local Petland Pet Store which is by far from being a discount store and they are expensive, and all the pet toys are made in china.
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@ellie333 (21018)
1 Dec 08
Hi Pyewacket, This is very scary for all pur pets, especially the tennis balls. I think I will check to make sure all the toys they have are not made in China and also buy some new sihes just in case as I can't find a label on them. I make a lot of my own toy for them anyway, thankfully. Thank you for making people ware of this. Huggles. Ellie :D
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@ellie333 (21018)
1 Dec 08
'dishes' don't know how I managed to type sihes LOL
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
2 Dec 08
I make a lot of my own toys for my kitties too. The problem is, is that often many things are "distributed by" a company, say from the US, but is in fact made in china..
• United States
1 Dec 08
one big reason i make a lot of the kids' toys(as well as the ones they make themselves like the old favorite,paper towel roll). can't trust a lot of those places. those dyed mice toys i don't trust at all..their mouths are on that dye.
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
2 Dec 08
I had a dyed mouse toy attached to a kitty condo I got for my cats...threw it out..God knows what the dye is made of. Yup, sometimes the best toys my cats love are toilet paper rolls, cardboard boxes, dropped pens, crumpled paper..LOL
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• United States
6 Dec 08
this week it's shoelaces. the laces were there minding their own business for months,now everybody wants to "kill" them ah,well.at least i know these are undyed.a friend made me them.
@mcat19 (1357)
• United States
1 Dec 08
Thank you so much for alerting me to this. How awful. I often buy my cats toys for the holidays, but never at Walmart for I don't shop there. I don't think they'll be getting any toys this year. I sure don't want to cause them harm, and there seems no way to tell from the wrapper. I'll try to explain to them that the holidays will be a little less fun this year. They'll just get extra treats and tons of love.
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
2 Dec 08
I don't think it's only toys sold at Walmart..just about any store that sells pet toys are usually from china.
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@mcat19 (1357)
• United States
2 Dec 08
None of them have decent labels either, so I'm not buying toys at all.
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@breezie (1247)
• Canada
1 Dec 08
Oh no, I think my dog has some of those tennis balls. We bought her dollarstore one s because she destroys them so quickly. She also uses ceramic food dishes. I am going to take all of her toys away until I can detrmine if they are safe or not. I am going to have to find her other dishes to use in the mean time as well. If anyone knows where I can find out more about the dishes, please let me know. Also is it all the Paws and Claws items that have lead? Thank you so much for sharing this information with us. Are these items recalled? I would hate for someone to unknowingly buy them for their pets after this information has been released.
@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
3 Dec 08
I have no idea if all the Paws and Claws items have lead but I wouldn't trust anything made by them. So far I haven't heard if any of the toys have been recalled...shame isn't it? They recalled toxic toys for children fast enough..doesn't our own govt care about our pets getting affected or sick?
@littleowl (7157)
1 Dec 08
Hi Pye..this really ridiculous, when is it going to end? We have to be careful not to poison ourselves but also now our pets..where is it safe..it continually looks like that man is trying to kill off man and animals with more frequency than what we are aware off..it makes me mad!!...bb littleowl
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
3 Dec 08
The real sad thing is, is that here we are thinking we're doing something nice for our pets and might unknowingly be poisoning them..they can't tell us if there are sick until it becomes very obvious to us.
1 Dec 08
Hi pye, There is always something, why are thers people making things that are dangerous to our children and animals, its always made in China, that why I don't buy anything made in China, I think its disgusting, don't people ever learn? or don't care about animals? Tamara
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
2 Dec 08
Problem is when you think of it almost everything is made in china nowadays..it's so rare for me to find anything made here in the USA
@howard96h (11645)
• New York, New York
1 Dec 08
What a shame, more and more crap is coming out from that country, what is wrong with them, it is that they are fully aware of this and just don't care? Does it all boil down to the mighty buck?
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
2 Dec 08
Yup--think it's all related to the mighty buck and what profits these companies can rake in rather than safety
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@tyc415 (5706)
• United States
1 Dec 08
Thank you for posting this discussion. We do tend to pay attention and worry about this type of thing when it comes to children but not near enough when it comes to our pets.
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
2 Dec 08
One wouldn't think one would have to be aware of this new concern now...what next?
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@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
2 Dec 08
WEll I am glad we cant let our dogs play with toys the would be in to a fight one would decide they was a ll his lol. but its bad wehn ya cant really trust a country to have posin free things come out it for sale here.!
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
3 Dec 08
Why don't WE make anything anymore...when was the last time you saw something that said it was made in the USA?? Which century? LOL
@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
3 Dec 08
BAck before they sold our tech, since to other countrys an did that trade thing which I think was very dumb of us to do. Letting the factorys take their factories over seas also!
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@Annmac (949)
2 Dec 08
We had the same scare in the UK too and I'm now extra careful what I buy for the great neices and nephews. Looks like I'll be examining the labels on pet products more closely too. Like your Country everything seems to have a made in China label and Willows favourite toy is a tennis ball thrown from a holder, I checked, it's made in China! I wonder if I could find a safe rubber ball that would fit it instead? I don't have to worry about the cats. The old boy doesn't play with anything now and Kia has more fun chasing screwed up balls of paper or her favourite, the laser pointer.Though even that's made in China, yet my hubby bought it in France. She's not the one holding it so should be OK. Should I start washing my hands more I wonder? She's also got the world's best soft toy, it's called Willow the 30kg GSD! Keeps her warm on cold nights too. I feel really sorry for the factory workers in China, if the products are poisoning pets, what is making and handling them every day doing to them? I think it's about time both our Governments looked at what they are allowing into our stores! The food dish is even more worrying. I've got ceramic and recently bought one for my employers Pom pup. I'm not sure where it came from and now I'm wondering if I should get rid of it to be on the safe side? Thanks for the warning Pye, I'm off to read the full article now!
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@savypat (20245)
• United States
2 Dec 08
My husband says no Chinese exports, and I hate to agree with him but in this case, until they clean up their act what else can you do. I don't need extra stress wondering if a product I brought is safe or not. Thank you.
@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
3 Dec 08
The problem is, hardly anything is made in this country anymore. Even expensive items might come from china as well, and not just cheap stuff
@ronaldinu (12440)
• Malta
2 Dec 08
thanks for sharing this article. Your posting is an eye opener for all pet owners. Thanks once agian. I hope that they will ban all these products which are harmful to our animals.
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
3 Dec 08
I hope they ban them too, but so far they haven't even done a recall of these toy yet.
@trickiwoo (2702)
• United States
2 Dec 08
Thanks for the warning! It seems like the toys in question are all plastic or latex toys. That is especially scary since toys made in China are significantly more affordable than toys made in the US! I know many pet owners that can't afford to buy their dogs toys made in the US!! I know my dogs get a lot of joy out of destroying their toys. In fact, they won't even touch toys they can't destroy! So I'd much rather by cheap toys for them to rip to shreds. It's a scary thought that these cheap toys could poison them!
@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
3 Dec 08
What toys made in the US??? To be honest I can't think of anything that is made here anymore, can you?
@bunnybon7 (39773)
• Holiday, Florida
2 Dec 08
oh my lord! what next. are they trying to poison the whole world. i wonder why they dont have government testing things like we do. now i wonder if thats why my dog gets sick sometimes and the dr./vet says its something she ate.
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
3 Dec 08
You would think they would have some kind of govt testing there...or at least the moment it comes to our country test, instead of waiting for our pets to be affected by it to start testing products
• United States
1 Dec 08
Well its a good thing I dont go out and buy specific toys from pet stores, or any ones that could be painted. I just give me cat an old beanie baby or another old stuffed animal that I have had in my closet for a while to wrestle with. Thats pretty nasty stuff, and scary! I personally dont believe an animal "needs" a toy, but if you think it does just stuff some cloth with some cotton and sew it up and throw it to them. They wont know the difference between a home made one and a store bought one, and youll save your animal's health and your own money! I think that us americans pamper our pets too much. We should just feed them our own food instead of that gourmet crap that cosst 59 cents a can, and those fancy chew toys that cost 10 dollars so that your dog/cat can tear it up into shreads. All in all it ends up benefitting you and your pet. Safe pet, less money spent!
@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
3 Dec 08
Unfortunately as far as food for my cats, mine don't like table scraps but are spoiled on Fancy Feast..LOL. As far as toys, I make most of my own for them and it's not hard to do.
• Canada
1 Dec 08
not again. first it was baby toys/kids toys now its pet toys. this is not good at all. walmart needs to get their act together and not just take products from anywhere and anyone to simply just provide customers with the lowest price. honestly, i hate walmart.
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
3 Dec 08
It's not just Walmart actually but anywhere that sells pet toys, including pet stores like Petland, Petco and Petsmart...almost all toys are made in china...so all have the potential dangers of toxic materials