Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Pets Beds and Toys May Be Dangerous

According to the Environmental Working Group, American pets are polluted with high levels of synthetic industrial chemicals. Dogs had 2 1/2 times higher levels of Teflon chemicals: PFC's (Perfluorochemicals) and cats had 23 1/2 times higher levels of Fire retardants: PBDE's (Polybrominated diphenyl ethers) than humans.
The pets are getting the chemicals from pet toys, bedding, pet food bag and can coatings, plastic food and water bowls, house dust, stain proofed furniture, carpets, shampoos, flea collars and medicines.
Cats meticulously groom themselves and they lick off accumulated dust that studies show can be contaminated with chemical toxins.
Our pets age seven times faster than children, and are developing health problems from exposure much more rapidly.
The National Research Council has found that sickness and disease in pets can inform our understanding of our own health risks.