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Warning – Avoid These Toys for Your Cat & Dog


With cheaper and cheaper products on the market, be aware that a new or old toys can be dangerous for your cat or dog.

Over the last few years there have been increasing recalls on pet toys. One of the main reasons is the toxicity of the materials used.

Massed produced toys with poor quality materials and at low cost, have seen an increase in traces of heavy metal toxicity found in cats and dogs.   

Sadly most toys have been designed to appeal to you the buyer rather than designed with your pet's needs or health in mind. 

If your cat or dog is chewing, licking or carrying a toy in their mouth, it's likely they are getting some form of toxicity leaching into their body. 

Sadly, pretty much every area of manufacturing within the pet industry is less regulated than manufacturing for humans and most pet toy manufacturers are not regulated to the same level as those manufacturers of human toys.

This means that your pet is likely being exposed to higher levels of toxic metals than is even allowed for humans. However here's where it gets crazier. - If you're in a household with a child and your child regularly plays with the pet toy, they're exposed to the same level of toxicity as your pet and you if you're regularly playing with your pet and their toys!

For an industry that makes literally billions of US$ each year, do you wonder why there is so little regard for the health and well-being of your pet? This covers all aspects for your pet, from the long term impact to health from kibble and heavily processed foods, through to the toxic metal of your cat or dog's drinking bowl. 

You can help the long term well-being of your pet by being wholly aware of potential risks to your pet's health by taking control of what you purchase.

5 Toxic Chemicals Regularly Found in Pet Toys and Their Impact to Your Pet's Health. 

Tests as far back as 2009 by the Michigan-based Ecology Center showed that hundreds of pet toys, tennis balls, beds, collars and leashes contain what researchers call "alarming levels" of lead and other harmful chemicals. 

From the more than 400 pet products tested, 45% had detectable levels of one or more hazardous toxins. Studies have linked these chemicals to reproductive problems, developmental and learning disabilities, liver toxicity and cancer. (1)

1) BPA or Bisphenol A is used in the manufacture of plastics and resins to give elasticity to the products. Although BPA is naturally found in the environment it's on a whole different level when it comes to manufacturing. Unless you're buying plastics that are BPA free it's likely that they will contain this chemical whether it's the plastic bottle you're letting your puppy play with to the plastic frisbee he chases in the park.

Known effects of BPA exposure. Over the years research has linked BPA exposure to fertility issues, heart disease and cancer. In 2018 a large government study found that low doses of the chemical bisphenol A, or BPA, appear to cause biological changes in lab animals -- including an increase in breast cancers and sadly the regulatory body the FDA dismissed the results!

2) Lead is a heavy metal and is often found in manufacturing processes. Lead poisoning can attack the nervous system and brain or cause behavioural disorders, seizures and vomiting.

3) Chromium or Hexavalent chromium can be found in some dyes and paints, as well as in some leather tanning products. Some of the more common effects are skin problems, allergic reactions, weakened immune system, kidney and liver damage and cancer.

4) Cadmium is one of the major substances banned in Europe. Most cadmium is found in products such as batteries, pigments, metal coatings and plastics. It's known that in humans both short-term or long-term exposure to cadmium can cause serious health problems. Toxicity can come from the air, food or drinks water containing high levels of cadmium. (2)

Cadmium is often found in pet products and the known effects are vomiting, diarrhea, kidney damage, lung damage and bone disease.

5) Arsenic exposure can come through industrial processes such as the making of rawhide chews. Exposure can cause abdominal pain, salivation, vomiting, diarrhea, staggering, weakness, rapid weak pulse, lethargy, low body temperature, collapse, and death. (3) 

Dog Toys to Avoid

To reduce the amount of exposure to toxins avoid cheap toys and treats that are not naturally produced. Know where the products are made and find out if they're using organic, environmentally and pet friendly materials.

  • Leather bones
  • All plastic bottles and toys unless they are BPA free
  • Toys with fur or bells etc.
  • Rawhide chew products and jerky products - chemicals that have been found in these products are Lead, Arsenic, Mercury, Chromium salts and Formaldehyde.
  • Cloth toys and any other pet toys made in China
  • Microwavable toys
  • Cheap stuffed animals with cheap filling inside

Cat Toys to Avoid 

  • Cloth catnip toys
  • Plastic toys for cats
  • Toys that have string, yarn or elastics
  • Microwavable toys
  • Toys with eyes, feathers or other things your cat could swallow. 
  • Stuffed soft toys can be dangerous if your cat is able to tear it open and swallow the filling.

Pet and Eco Friendly Toys

Here are some really good alternatives. They are harmless to your dog, cat and the environment.

Although alternative products made from recycled plastics seems eco-friendly try to avoid these types of products as well. Science is showing that the super small pieces of plastic ending up in our oceans and soils etc. are coming from products made of recycled plastic. (4)   

Ideally you want to source toys that have been made from natural, sustainable and eco-friendly sources such as bamboo, wood, sisal and hemp. There are more and more eco-friendly products for pets on the market that are kinder to both your pet's health and the environment such as hemp ropes, tuggers and bones for dogs and sisal climbing posts for cats. Whichever you choose just make sure you go for natural sources and not cheap import products that have a 45% chance of doing some serious damage to your pet's health. 

Choose toys that are completely safe for your pet. If you can't get eco-friendly pet toys then think about checking out your local children's toy store for toys made from natural materials. At least this will give you the peace of mind that the products have been made to strict standards safe enough for children and therefore should be safe enough for your pet.

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(1) https://thebark.com/content/beware-lead-and-toxic-dog-toys
(2) https://www.winchesterhospital.org/health-library/article?id=120796
(3) https://vcahospitals.com/know-your-pet/arsenic-poisoning-in-dogs
(4) https://friendsoftheearth.uk/plastics/plastic-free

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