Ferret Toy Dog Fashion Harness Lead Pink Stripes with Lace | eBay
PetSmart and the KONG Company told us earlier this week that they routinely test their dog and cat toys for lead and other toxins.
GET THE LEAD OUT In 2007, Texas lab ExperTox tested four dog toys sold at Wal-Mart. The list of chemicals found in them was quite impressive and included lead, chromium, arsenic, cadmium and mercury. One toy had what the lab described as “elevated levels” of lead – almost one part per million (ppm).
combine the collar and leash into one unit. This type works best for smaller breeds, as the collar portion slips over the head and tightens when an owner pulls the lead. Owners of toy breeds use them during dog shows. While larger versions can work for larger breeds, most dog trainers recommend using them exclusively with smaller dog breeds.
Nylon Toy Dog Show Lead with Braided Slip Collar - Paws and Tails
Lead Dog Toy - Fort Smith National Historic Site (U.S
Questions about the safety of pet toys continue to haunt Nancy Rogers. They’re questions the Illinois dog owner has tried to get answered since 2007, when she hired a laboratory to test the lead content in 24 of her Shelties’ chew toys. The tests revealed that one of her dogs’ tennis balls contained 335.7 parts per million (ppm) of lead, an amount that, at the time, fell far below the levels allowed in children’s toys. Today, however, that amount exceeds the 300 ppm federal standard for lead in children’s toys. Many in the pet industry agree there should be guidelines for lead and other worrisome chemicals in dog toys. They share Rogers’ safety concerns, which surfaced in the wake of the and amid growing concerns about lead in children’s toys from China. What amount of lead should be allowed in the toys dogs lick, chew, slobber on and even shred? Do toys with relatively high levels pose any harm to our best friends? These questions are at the heart of Rogers’ frustration. When she had her tests run three years ago, she learned there were no standards for lead or other toxins in pet toys. There still aren’t any today.“Is there a risk to pet owners and their children who come into contact with these toys that these dogs have been slobbering on?” asked James R. Hood, who runs a Web site, , that recently sent dog toys purchased from Wal-Mart to a lab that found trace levels of lead and other toxins. (Wal-Mart responded in a statement that the levels the lab found were “barely traceable” and that its own testing found the toys safe.)