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 … http://www.ewg.org/reports/pets
… and be very concerned. /Gary