Are you buying Fido tainted toys?

If you're like me, you often find yourself tempted to spend more money on holiday gifts for your four-legged furry friends than your relatives. I know I have a lot more fun watching Maggie and Ramsey playing with their rubber balls with biscuits in the middle (called Kongs -- a great but expensive gift for the dog in your life) than I would watching my dad put together a new grill or inflatable New England Patriots chair.

But there could be trouble on the horizon: With all the talk about recalls of imported children's toys with high lead-levels, almost nothing has been said about dog toys!

And it turns out that there are no legal standards for lead levels or anything else in in pet toys -- and the Consumer Products Safety Commission says it lacks jurisdiction over pet issues, and can only intervene if the health of the owner if being effected. However a lot of pet stores test their products anyway.But as the New York Timessays, "Although the concerns are different when it comes to pets - if a golden retriever loses a few I.Q. points, will anyone notice? - the inquiries have continued to pour in during the Christmas season, when people are most likely to buy pet toys. According to the American Pet Products Association, 56 percent of dog owners and 42 percent of cat owners buy their pets toys or other treats for Christmas, in an industry with $40 billion in annual sales."

I'm not too worried about my dog getting sick from lead in her toys. She has eaten dirt, television remote controls, electrical wiring, and grass without so much as a cough.

But given that pet toys are often touched by children playing tug of war with their pets, it seems like the CPSC should be taking a loko.
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