By Christie Keith
July 11, 2011
Good morning, and happy Monday! (That was sarcasm.) This is Christie Keith, covering the weekly news round-up for David S. Greene, who is in a bunker at an undisclosed location this week.
Is your dog’s processed pet food exposing him to dangerous toxins? Scientists at Indiana University have discovered chemicals used as flame retardants are present in the blood of pet dogs at levels 5 to 10 times higher than those found in humans (although st ill lower than those found in cats in an earlier study). From Science Daily (h/t to CathyA):
Venier and Hites report on an analysis of flame retardants in blood from 17 pet dogs, all of whom live primarily indoors. They also examined samples of the dry dog food that made up the pets’ diet, attempting to determine if food was a major source of PBDE exposure.The average concentration of PBDEs in blood from the dogs was about 2 nanograms per gram, about five to 10 times higher than the levels found in humans in the few studies of human exposure that have been done in North America.
In dog food samples, the researchers found PBDEs at levels averaging about 1 nanogram per gram. That is much higher than levels found in meat and poultry sold as food for humans, suggesting the PBDEs in dog food may result from processing rather than from the food sources.
Wow, let’s just totally miss the point. A ban on shopping for puppies while drunk? How about a ban on treating dogs like shoes, instead?
Doogie Howser, DVM? A new 6-year undergrad/vet school program will be launching at Lincoln Memorial University in Tennessee next year. Which means, as the American Veterinary Medical Association‘s SmartBrief newsletter comments, your pet may be treated by a veterinarian only six years out of high school.
The Great Corgi Caper. David sent me dire warnings of what he’d do to me if I didn’t use this video of a Corgi aiding and abetting his sister to… well, you’ll see.
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