Occasionally, it's important for us to share information so important, it gets an exemption from our typical theme of upbeat and cheery. This post is an example of such information. But we believe this is really, really important stuff.
We believe educated consumers make the best customers. It's important to us that we use our blog to at least share important information and let them decide if they want to pay attention to it or not.
In article after article, toxic toys from China can be linked to mercury, lead, PVC, phthalates, BPA, chromium, melamine, arsenic, bromine, formaldehyde and other poisons.
We gasped at these pet toy statistics in this PreventiveVet article:
- 45% of products had detectable levels of hazardous toxins
- 48% percent contained detectable levels of lead
- About half of the products had lead levels higher than the allowable standard for children’s toys
How can this be? It's simple, really. There are zero safety regulations for our pet's toys. So companies are unfettered and can make any toy they want with any material they want. It works like this. A company decides they want to make a cute toy for dogs or cats. They define the design or look and price to fit a market they believe will not pay for a quality pet toy. The manufacturer's they get quotes from are left to decide how they make that toy for that low price. When you want to make a $4.99 toy for $1.50 (labor, materials and overseas freight costs) the only place you can really fudge the cost is the materials you use. That leaves you usually with cheaper petroleum-based foams or fills, nylons or plastics, glues (instead of stitching). cheap dyes and colorants, etc.
It's really easy to make a toy for pets with the end-goal of cost and not materials. And usually, the cheapest materials to make pet toys (plastics, nylons, dyes, ballistic materials, petroleum-based "rubbers", etc.), contain dangerous toxic chemicals.
As you can read in this BARK article for yourself: https://thebark.com/content/beware-lead-and-toxic-dog-toys
See for yourself. An easy Google search for "toxic pet toys" or "dangerous pet toys" can unearth the information. It's there. As pet owners, we just have to seek to be informed -- for our pets.
We recommend buying fewer toys and products that are higher quality. Work with companies that manufacturer in the USA and that promote their use of clean, non-toxic, and organic ingredients. We have our list of Never-Evers that you can read. Align your purchases with companies that are leaders in quality and safety. Finally, educate yourself on what your pet's toys are made of. Most consumers just assume what they buy is safe if it's in a store.
Your pet is worth every minute you spend researching and every penny you spend on a quality product. We hope this article helps everyone in that direction.
Thanks for reading.