05 Dec '12, 9pm

Are Plastic Toys Hurting Our Pets?

Are Plastic Toys Hurting Our Pets?

A new study from Texas Tech University has found that plastic toys, such as bumper toys used for training, may be exposing our dogs to harmful chemicals including bisphenol-A (BPA) and phtalates, which could pose a health risk. Philip Smith, co-author of the study and a toxicologist at The Institute of Environmental and Human Health at Texas Tech, became curious about how these toys may be affecting his own dogs. “Some of the dogs are exposed to plastic bumpers from the time they are born until the day they die. We all want our pets to be healthy,” Smith told Environmental Health News. The researchers, led by Kimberly Wooten, studied how much BPA and phtalates leached from orange and white plastic bumper toys into dishes filled with artificial dog saliva and compared both those that were left outside to those that were subjected to simulated chewing. Since simulated chewin...

Full article: http://www.care2.com/causes/are-plastic-toys-hurting-our-...

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