Monday, July 19, 2010

Toxic Toothpaste

I was outraged recently when I discovered that I had been brushing my cat's teeth with toxic toothpaste. This so-called toothpaste for cats by Pet Dental (above and below) contains known neurotoxins, such as methylparaben and propylparaben; titanium dioxide, which is toxic to the respiratory and immune system; and EDTA, of which oral exposure has been known to affect reproduction and development.

While many human toothpastes contain toxins like titanium dioxide and fluoride, humans rinse and spit. Cats and dogs do not, therefore anything in their mouths gets swallowed and greatly impacts their much smaller bodies.

Despite its "approval" by suspect veterinarians, there is no reason to expose animals to toxic chemicals simply in order to brush their teeth. Read ingredients! If you see this toothpaste or anything like it containing similar chemicals, please don't buy it.

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