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Lead paint in your pet's toys? You might be surprised!

Maybe some of you have the story (linked below) about an Illinois pet owner concerned about the possibility of lead in her dog toys. She went out and hired and independent firm to test the toys with some surprising results.

And the responses from the stores that carried the products was also surprising. Almost every single toy she could find at all the pet "chains" aswell as the discount stores were made in China. The story is carried on the website and details all the steps and findings.

Clearly we all need to push for acceptable national levels for toxins and lead in dog and cat toys. Today there is no such standard. While all the toys had acceptable limits for lead content in children's toys, do the same levels apply to our pets? Also a second lab found results for one item to be much higher that the state levels for lead.

So what does this mean? It means that you should take the same cautions for purchasing your pet toys that you do for children toys. And that we all should be pushing for acceptable and accountable standards for pet toys in the U.S.

ConsumerAffairs Story can be found here.

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