Ft. Lauderdale, FL (PRWEB) December 10, 2012
The toys most dogs play with and chew on could be leaking chemicals as dogs bite into the plastic, according to a recent study at Texas Tech University. Bisphenol A (BPA) and phthalates are the ingredients found in hard plastics and vinyl, which are what many dog toys are composed of. This study is one of the first of its kind to examine dog-training products as a potential source of BPA for pets and is given to the public from Environmental Health News.
It is still unknown whether these chemicals are harmful for pets or if the hold any health risks for dogs. One way that experts are trying to figure out this study is by comparing the dog’s toys to pet plastic bumpers. The plastic bumpers are chew toys that many dog trainers use to train pets.
“Some dogs are exposed to plastic bumpers from the time they are born until the day they die,” says Philip Smith, toxicologist at the Institute of Environmental and Human Health at Texas Tech. There hasn’t been any evidence yet those plastic bumpers are harming the pets. However, the chemical in the plastic is not a safe and dogs shouldn't be ingesting it.
In humans, BPA and phthalates are related to a number of health issues, including fertility hazards, impairing the growth of reproductive organs, and cancers. Some phthalates have been banned in children’s toys in both the U.S. and Europe and the U.S. FDA recently banned sippy cups and bottles with any phthalates components.
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