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BIRD TALK:Get The Lead (& Zinc) Out

Find the hazardous substances in your home before your bird does

By Rose Gordon

When more than 1 million children’s toys were recalled due to possible lead paint contamination, many parents began to question every item tucked into the toy chest. After all, if Barbie and Elmo could be called into question, what would be next?

Bird owners, like parents, put a great deal of effort into choosing what they believe are safe and enriching toys and educational items for their pets. Fortunately, there have not yet been any recalls of bird products.

“A lot of the responsible people use food dye for bird toys,” said Kitty Remington, DVM, of Animal Health Clinic in Florida. “But how many people buy human toys for their birds?”

And therein lies part of the bigger problem, veterinarians say, directly or indirectly allowing birds access to items not intended for them.

**For the full article, pick up the March 2008 issue of BIRD TALK**

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the article had alot of good information in it but it did not say if you can have the items as long as your bird can not get to it.
pam, westwego, LA
Posted: 5/26/2008 6:51:37 PM
Hope we won't have any toys recalled!
BOB, Linden, VA
Posted: 2/22/2008 11:02:03 AM
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