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    Petco removes potentially dangerous dog toy from shelves

    Posted: 27 Feb 2012 08:00 AM PST

    Many pet toys contain toxic chemicals. Organic toys are much better for their health.A dog toy found to contain toxic chemicals has been removed from Petco shelves, at least temporarily. Petco is now doing their own testing on the toys and has removed them from store shelves, at least until they have the test results.

    An investigation by KIAH-TV's "The NewsFixer" has led to a removal of a dog toy that threatened the health of a Houston canine. The toy "Snuggling Furry Friend," sold as a private brand under the Petco label, was found to contain traces of Trimethyl Benzene, Arsenic, Cadmium and Lead, along with Naphthalene, the main ingredient in moth balls.

    The toxins were detected in the Petco toy by an independent laboratory after a NewsFix viewer, Mark Smith of Houston, told the station his Chow Mix "Charlet" became sick after first chewing on the toy in December 2011. After inquiries by "The NewsFixer," Petco agreed to pay for Smith's veterinary expenses. Petco said it would also test all similar toys sold in its retail outlets for toxic substances.

    Petco representative Lisa Epstein said, “We did, in fact, direct our stores yesterday (2/23) to remove the Lambswool Tug with Squeaker Dog Toy from our shelves, pending the results of random sample tests that will be conducted and analyzed at an accredited laboratory. The decision to take this action was out of an abundance of caution – and it is not a product recall.”

    Read more here: KIAH-TV Newsfixer prompts removal of dog toy from Petco shelves.