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Are Pets Toxic?

May 18, 2008 06:00 PM
by findingDulcinea Staff
Household pets carry a wide variety of industrial chemicals in their blood and urine, a recent study has found.

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A newly released study found that humans aren’t the only ones carrying chemicals in their bodies. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) analyzed composite blood and urine samples from healthy domestic cats and dogs, and found perfluorochemicals, mercury, Teflon and other chemicals present.

According to NPR, it’s unclear whether the chemicals are harmful to the animals. One study has suggested they are, but it’s not conclusive. Richard Wiles of the EWG believes pets could provide “insight into human health problems from these same contaminants in our homes.”
   
The study has some concerned. An animal-loving blogger called “dregsplod” titled her post about the study: “Most Important Post. Ever.

Replacing a pet’s bedding, reupholstering exposed furniture and buying chemical-free pet foods are among the steps people can take to reduce the chemicals pets encounter.

Headline Links: High levels of mercury, other chemicals found in pets

Reference: Pet report

Reaction: ‘Alarming information’

Related: Healthy pet tips, food scare, pet care

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