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Toxic industrial chemicals contaminate cats & dogs in high levels

By Gary Bogue
Thursday, April 17th, 2008 at 7:25 am in Cats, dogs, Toxic chemicals.

Amounts of toxics in blood and urine many times higher in pets than humans

Here are excerpts from a press release I just received:

WASHINGTON — Today the Environmental Working Group released results of the most comprehensive tests ever conducted on industrial chemicals in the bodies of pets. EWG is a nonprofit research organization based in Washington, DC, that uses the power of information to protect human health and the environment.

EWG tested the blood and urine of dogs and cats for carcinogens, neurotoxins, fire retardants, stain removing chemicals and heavy metals.

The startling results: Pets were contaminated with dozens of chemicals, often at levels much higher than found in people.

In addition to being guardians, playmates and even beloved family members, dogs and cats may also be serving as sentinels for human health problems that can arise from exposures to industrial chemicals. In America there are 8 times more companion dogs and cats than there are children under five. These pets can be subjected to chronic, constant exposures to chemical contaminants in homes, yards, and parks that pet owners cannot always prevent.

According to EWG: “This study is the most comprehensive investigation of the chemical body burden of companion animals conducted to date, with 23 chemicals reported in pets for the first time. The results reinforce findings from prior studies showing that pets’ unique behaviors may place them at risk for elevated exposures and health risks from chemical pollutants in the home and outdoors, in air, water, food, soil, and consumer products for people and pets.”

Don’t young children have similar “unique behaviors?”

Read the entire study at …

… and be very concerned. /Gary

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One Response to “Toxic industrial chemicals contaminate cats & dogs in high levels”

  1. Paulette Kenyon Says:

    I don’t know if it’s that we seek more medical help than people use to in the old days or if animals are contracting more diseases. I think it’s a bit of both.

    Years ago, we bottle fed a baby pigeon that someone left on the doorstep of the Valley Humane Society. Eric’s mom was working there and brought it to us thinking we might be able to take care of him. We grew very fond of him and kept him as a pet. But, poor Hairy died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 3. Pancreatic cancer…. How strange…

    I hear of more and more animals with cancers and other odd immune system diseases. It really is becoming quite common – which is horrifying. My rescue dog came to me with an allergy to her own staph bacteria. She’d break out in these horrible red blotches all over her body. She’s better now.

    Every time people burn and there is alot of woodsmoke, I get deathly ill. What this does to animals who are outside all the time in it would be an interesting study. With all these artificial logs, etc, who knows what’s blowing out there into the air we breathe. We can go hide in the house; but, wild animals and birds are stuck breathing whatever we send out into the air.

    I don’t live far from the sewage plant; and, I see waterfowl sitting on the sewage plant ponds. That can’t be good for them. Discarded plastic causes all kinds of havoc to the digestive systems of animals who swallow it – which they do often and the frequency and the damage has been well documented. Suds from cleaners, medicines, pesticides, all end up in the water.

    The ocean has whirlpool areas where every bit of garbage ever sent into the sea congregates. Whales, turtles, and other sea creatures swim through these human garbage filled areas.

    Thanks for bringing up this topic, Gary. We all need to be more conscious of what we put in our environment and what we send out. We have to take care with our animals too. Whenever we walk by a house that I know sprays poisons heavily on their bright green lawns, etc, I pull my dog away from it and tell her “poison!” Everytime she goes to stick her nose into something that looks ghastly, I tell her “poison!” I’m hoping that someday she’ll associate the word with things that are not to be touched. One can hope….

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