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Lead in Dog Toys

Unsafe levels of lead in dog toys seems to be becoming an issue. Fox News has been doing some stories on it, and some dog toys have been found to have high levels of lead -- not good since dogs, of course, chew on their toys. No toys have been recalled, but on the Fox News story, the veternarian recommended avoiding all painted latex toys made in China. He recommended hard plastic toys, like the Kong.

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Squirt had stomach issues last week - bloody diarrhea - and the only thing different was that she was eating chicken filets which, after investigation, I found were made in China. My vet said to throw out everything made in china. He is even throwing out his coffee cups which were made in China.

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I had a couple of toys from China that I bought from Hartz. I thew them away when all this stuff came out about the lead. I also check every bag of treats, etc. to see where they are made. Some you really have to look hard.


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Hmm.. I just bought a soft pastic squeeky toy for Beamer... Its a chicken in a bikinni and makes a really wierd squakking sound... I just looked, its made in china! Should I toss this in the garbage??

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Ryan, I would... I had already heard about the rubber chickens in specific containing lead paint.


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Really?? Why the helllllll are they still using lead paint on children/dog toys?!?! I dont get it???

I gues I will toss it in the garbage... Beamer really does not show any interest in it anyways...

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And a lot of the plastic toys are easily destroyed when they do take interest in them. I've found so many toys with a chunk missing and then see remnants of that toy when I do poop pickup. Joy.
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Also, I saw on the news where the toys say Lead Free but in fact when tested have a ton of lead. The chinese don't care, its insane. How on earth can we figure out everything we have thats made in China. Yikes!
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Will this never end???? I just checked the plush toys I bought the girls for Christmas. Yep, every single one of them was made in China. I wonder if there is any issue with plush. No paint on them so no lead. Maybe plush toys will be okay if I run them through the washer before I give them to the girls. I can't think of anything that might be in the fabric.

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Susan, that's a good idea to wash them first. They don't have any eyes or plastic, right? I bet most of our toys come from China. Unfortunately, the labor costs in the U.S. make the toys made here cost more than most of us want to pay.
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