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Lead poisoning could be detrimental to the health of your pets

Like most parents, you will probably do everything within your power to enrich your children's lives. That often results in getting a family pet.

If you live in an older rental property, you may have concerns about lead poisoning and some potential related effects. But while you are likely familiar with some of the potential health concerns lead poisoning could cause in your children, did you know that your pets could suffer from their exposure to lead as well?

Your pet may exhibit symptoms of lead poisoning

Although the United States government removed lead from house paint over 40 years ago, some lead-based paint remains. Especially in buildings built before 1978.

Your dog or cat could come in contact with lead-based paint chips. And house pets often get into things not designed for them.

Your pet could be exposed to lead through chewing on things such as children's toys, golf balls or construction materials. The common signs of lead poisoning in pets include:

  • Lethargy
  • Seizures
  • Lack of appetite
  • Trouble walking
  • Diarrhea
  • Tremors

If your pet starts to exhibit these symptoms, call your veterinarian immediately. Ask your vet to take an X-ray to see if your pet swallowed a lead object. You can also ask for a blood test to test for the presence of lead.

Many things could expose pets to lead. However, if your pet suffers from lead poisoning due to your landlord's negligent care of your rental property, you might be able to take action for their carelessness in protecting the ones you love.

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