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Tue, Oct 16 | By Matt Van Hoven | 274

When it comes to health regulations for pets, there isn't much to go by. In fact, many producers of pet products outside the food realm, follow existing laws outlining what's safe for children. So when mega-store Wal-mart learned that… more ›

Need for Pet Toy Regs
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Melanie
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Melanie
5 years ago

I do think the safety of pet toys needs to be addressed, not just toxin levels but choking and ingestion factors too. Some cat toys are cheaply put together and fall apart in small pieces within a short period of time.

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Barbara K.
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Barbara K.
6 years ago

With so much stuff being manufactured overseas...I think many pet owners would pay more for an American made safe toy rather than two cheaper but foreign questionable ones.

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Julie Kay S.
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Julie Kay S.
6 years ago

Who knows what "safe toxin levels" for pets are? What's not toxic for a 150-pound Newfoundland or Malamute might be deadly for a Chihuahua. Better to err on the side of caution and feed pets with stainless steel bowls. Toys? How much lead is in high-quality tennis balls (not those cheap knockoffs that are sold "especially for pets")? They're almost a sure bet for dog toys!

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Mary P.
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Mary P.
6 years ago

Sounds like we need to get some regulations in place & do some research to see what is harmful & what is not.

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Gene M.
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Gene M.
6 years ago

It would be so easy just to do the right thing

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EddieP
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EddieP
6 years ago

I agree

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Jamie
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Jamie
6 years ago

We as a nation should be outraged that we should even have to worry about this in the first place.

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Misty C.
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Misty C.
6 years ago

The toxin levels should be even more stringent for pet toys than they are for childrens toys, as pets sometimes eat their toys, and therefore could do more damage than children who just put them in their mouths...

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Dogsrule2
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Dogsrule2
6 years ago

its sad that we even have to think about the level of toxins in our pets and childrens toys....

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collyn f.
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collyn f.
6 years ago

this sort of article seems bad but it is very informative

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Dana B.
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Dana B.
6 years ago

Good to know. Pet owners need to be informed.

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Linda W.
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Linda W.
6 years ago

The standar for children would be a start but animals-cats in particular are smaller so maybe the standard should not be the same. Also cats tend to more sensitive to such things.

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penny m.
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penny m.
6 years ago

If it's safe for kids, it's safe for animals. Why not just use the same standards?

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Kayleigh
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Kayleigh
6 years ago

i feel like it would take a lot of toxins in a toy to actually be harmful... i guess they do need regulations though. i am glad that they have at least something to go by now...and child safety rules are generally pretty high standards.

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5doxiemom
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5doxiemom
6 years ago

Yes ,I agree regulations are needed.

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Lynda
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Lynda
6 years ago

We need to regulate what goes into everything if it is bad for humans you can bet it is bad for animals

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Jenn
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Jenn
6 years ago

People should boycott things imported from China since most of the recalled products were made there.

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Rachael A.
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Rachael A.
6 years ago

this is crazy

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Susan
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Susan
6 years ago

I think that the standards used for children's toys should only be a starting point. After all, most kids won't exclusively play with an item in their mouths, or chew off pieces and possibly swallow them. The guidelines should be stricter than for children.

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Robin P.
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Robin P.
6 years ago

It seems that even if legislators (shame on many of them) don't care enough about animals to pass laws about toxicity levels in pet toys, they would at least also recognize that pet toys on the floor might inadvertently become "child toys" as well.

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Kristi L.
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Kristi L.
6 years ago

There is a need for regulations. I want to be able to get something and not worry about if it's safe or not.

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Cathy W.
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Cathy W.
6 years ago

I agree with "silver d.", My dogs are family. I want to make sure that not only their toys are safe but also are their food and treats. I am as careful label reader w/ their food as I am mine.

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parker e.
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parker e.
6 years ago

perfect! i don't know why no one thought about this before.

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Melinda M.
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Melinda M.
6 years ago

Yes! We need more stringent regulations for pet toys and products and for childrens' as well. I think we just need to quit getting everything from China.

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Janetfinegan
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Janetfinegan
6 years ago

Children play with the toys, too.

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Tami T.
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Tami T.
6 years ago

Yup, this is a worrisome area.

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Vicky
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Vicky
6 years ago

safety first ~

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Felicia
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Felicia
6 years ago

why shouldnt there be a regulation on dog toys?

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Teana
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Teana
6 years ago

My god why wouldnt they put a safty reg. on these things alot of people look at their pet as kids. Its about time they do something

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karen
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karen
6 years ago

There should be regulations on toys, food, treats, cages, leashes, everything that comes in contact with an animal that is sold on mass market. They cannot fend for themselves and depend on us to keep them protected.

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mike o.
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mike o.
6 years ago

we need pet toy regulations, they are our kids too.

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Beaglemutz
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Beaglemutz
6 years ago

I won't buy anything for my pets that I can track back to China.

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LadySephiroth
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LadySephiroth
6 years ago

Agreed, after all, a lot of the toys they made for children were unsafe, so I don't imagine the ones for pets would be any safer, sadly.

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dana R.
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dana R.
6 years ago

There should be strict regulations. To a lot of people their pets are their children or flat out family members. We need to stop importing crap from china. start there, since that's the worst offender.

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Zoolover
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Zoolover
6 years ago

I love wal mart but I don't think Sams' kids are running the show like Sam would have if he were still around. There are many times when I think Sam is turning over in his grave about thing i witness in the stores now. Someone help them get on track.

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Beaglemutz
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Beaglemutz
6 years ago

Regulate it as if you were using the product for yourself.

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Shirley B.
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Shirley B.
6 years ago

This is sad. Why wouldn't toy manufacturers WANT to produce safe products?

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Lisa
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Lisa
6 years ago

Many if not most of the dog toys are made in China, the same place that brought us rat poison and melamine in dog food, and lead based paint on children's toys. I am searching for dog toys made in the USA for my store - I'd love to hear of any people know about!

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George P.
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George P.
6 years ago

I agree. Regulate like it was for human kids even if it is for furkids.

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Beaglemutz
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Beaglemutz
6 years ago

Actually, regulate it better than what we do for our 'kids!' :)

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Janicevarley
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Janicevarley
6 years ago

How can pet toys follow the same guidelines as children's toys yet not have any kind of regulation on safe toxin levels? Don't kids toys have toxin level regulations?

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Beaglemutz
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Beaglemutz
6 years ago

Apparently we don't regulate our children's toys well either, it seems the dog standards are even lower than those. They both need a great deal of work!

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Jessica R.
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Jessica R.
6 years ago

They should be regulated same as human stuff because even though they are pet toys, humans come in contact with them as well.

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betty p.
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betty p.
6 years ago

Most of us think of our pets as furkids. So if it is safe for real kids, then okay for pets. But then again, some of my dogs have been known to eat the toys which I am sure is not good.

There needs to be set safety level.

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Margene  W.
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Margene W.
6 years ago

Children may not keep items in their mouths as long as a dog will-they usually want to chew till there is nothing left.We have already been shown that most medicines,etc.for humans,if ok for pets,need to be in very very small doses.More needs to be known.

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Ed D.
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Ed D.
6 years ago

This is going to be a toughie. I don't think we really know what's safe for humans, let alone other animals.

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PackLeader1
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PackLeader1
7 years ago

Did Walmart pull the toys from their shelves?

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Gracie88
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Gracie88
7 years ago

Yep, we gotta protect our little furry friends!

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Bob C.
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Bob C.
7 years ago

If it comes from china dont buy it. they need to clean up their act. anything to save a penny.

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Ourstaff
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Ourstaff
7 years ago

If manufactures don't want to face recalls they need to make safe products.

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Beaglemutz
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Beaglemutz
7 years ago

With Christmas fast approaching I find myself very concerned about placing them at risk. In following the children's toy recall, it appears that closer regulations are long over due. With seemingly few regulations concerning pet toys we will face another disaster akin to the dog food recalls earlier this year. Consumers need to be aware of all of the facts about what they are buying in order to make an education decision. It is a shame that we and our pets must suffer at the hands of the almighty dollar. Make a good product and it will be purchased, make your money honestly and not through deception or avoidance of the facts that could result in avoidable deaths.

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IdgyLou
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IdgyLou
7 years ago

I've generally gone with fabric/food products over plastics; if it's a hazard to children under three... be cautious! Due to irresponsible adult manufacturers, regulations are a great need. When we can't even trust that food/ fabric products are safe, what can we trust for our pets?!

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Kim W.
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Kim W.
7 years ago

They should have the same regs as any child's toy.

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