Are Pet Products Really Safe?
By DIANA WALDHUBER
December 8, 2009
With the holidays fast approaching, people everywhere are scurrying around, buying gifts for loved ones, be they two- or four-legged. It’s a hard job, in more ways than one.
Take the Zhu Zhu Pet, this season's hottest toy for kids. Everyone wants one. But when GoodGuide announced there were dangerously high levels of the alloy antimony (reportedly 93-106ppm versus the U.S. regulation of 60ppm), a furor arose. Luckily for children and the toy's manufacturer, Cepia, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission debunked those findings and have confirmed today that the toy is in fact safe.
But it makes you think. What about pet toys? Or pet beds and clothing, for that matter? We are very aware of safety when it comes to toys, clothes, and bedding for our children, and extremely conscious as to what we feed our families and pets. Are we, however, confident that the other products we give our pets are safe? Toys get bitten, mauled, and loved until they fall apart. And those toys are more than often in our pet’s mouth.
Product safety and quality is paramount. And sure, there are some organic toys on the market, but what about beds and clothing? Are the materials flame retardant? How were they made?
Luckily for us, there is a group out there who cares enough to ask these tough questions and find out the answers. PetMD’s latest discovery is a fabulous one! HealthyStuff.org is a Web site devoted to informing users of safe pet products while exposing those that are unsafe.
A veritable "consumer action guide to toxic chemicals in pet products," HealthyStuff.org has ranked over 5,000 pet products in levels of safety and chemical content.
But it’s not just pets. The Web site covers everything from toys for kids, clothing, household items, and even cars. It’s like your one-stop shop for safe purchasing. And we like that, we really do. Especially the pet part (hey, we’re all about pets!).
So before you head on out and buy some pet products, check them out on HealthyStuff.org. You’ll feel better making an informed choice, one that is good for your pet.
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