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Old 06-24-2012, 06:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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A while back, someone mentioned something about ceramic bowls being dangerous because they have lead or something in them and I've seen it mentioned a few times since then. How much truth is there to this? And if this is the case, why are ceramic bowls still recommended? I'm going to assume they meant the ceramic bowls that you would buy from Petco or Petsmart, so I'm more than a little confused because I know a lot of us use these bowls.

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It depends on where you get the bowls from and where they are made. If made in Canada or the US, you can be certain there would not be lead. Foreign made it's possible. If there is a concern, there are led test strips you can buy to check dishes.
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Is lead something that would 'wash off' after repeated use/washing? Or is it one of those things where if there's lead in the paint, there's lead in the paint, period? I feel like an idiot for being so in the dark about this stuff.
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If I remember right from stuff I read, the concern is that the lead would leach out of the paint and get into the food/water in the bowl, in very small amounts that would eventually add up. (I could be completely wrong, these are just kind of vague memories based on what I've heard/read before.) I've thought about possibly switching to glass bowls or something for my next hedgehog, but I also never had a problem with Lily getting sick from her bowls, so I dunno.
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It won't just wash off. If there's lead in the paint, it's in all the paint. XD It leeches out on the food and all, and it's getting on your hands when you handle it. You can wash your hands of course, but the food would be contaminated.

I'm a little wary as well since I know mine is foreign made. However, most cookware isn't really an issue. I didn't buy my dish from a kitchen store/section, but I might switch to something like that eventually. The best thing to do (for the both of us) is just to test the dish.

I would think it would start being obvious in pet health if all this dishes were painted with lead paint though, right?
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I think a lot of the pet dishes that people use for hedgies, though, are either small animal ones, or reptile ones. And I know most small animal owners won't take them to the vet regularly (or at all), so it may make it more difficult to notice if there's a line of contaminated dishes.
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In ceramic or china dishes, the lead is in the glaze they use. There is more of a concern with the water dish than the food. Lead is something that takes repeated exposure to build up in our systems. Lead used to be in many things including plastics, paint, dishes, cutlery window blinds, flooring etc.
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What would a lead intokication symptomps would look like?
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I'm a little wary as well since I know mine is foreign made. However, most cookware isn't really an issue. I didn't buy my dish from a kitchen store/section, but I might switch to something like that eventually. The best thing to do (for the both of us) is just to test the dish.
I'll be switching to something that is safe for human use with cooking, for sure. I'm almost afraid to test her bowls? I am curious, but I don't think I want to know!

Kelsey raises a good point. A LOT of people don't take their small animals in to the vet for wellness visits. I have 6 or 7 friends with small animals (guinea pigs and rabbits mostly) and only one of them takes her rabbit to the vet for check up, and that's because I talked her into it!
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I reseached the symptoms in human and I got this.

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Symptoms include abdominal pain, confusion, headache, anemia, irritability, and in severe cases seizures, coma, and death.
I can't help but wonder if it could have had to do with my babies' death. But again, I had Litchi for 6 1/2 year and Tangelo since 3 years, if the bowls did had lead Litchi would have been sick way before I guess.

This is from the Merck Vet Manual online, I looks more about dog or birds but nevertheless...
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GI abnormalities, including anorexia, colic, emesis, and diarrhea or constipation, may be seen in dogs. Anxiety, hysterical barking, jaw champing, salivation, blindness, ataxia, muscle spasms, opisthotonos, and convulsions may develop. CNS depression rather than CNS excitation may be evident in some dogs. In horses, lead poisoning usually produces a chronic syndrome characterized by weight loss, depression, weakness, colic, diarrhea, laryngeal or pharyngeal paralysis (roaring), and dysphagia that frequently results in aspiration pneumonia.
In avian species, anorexia, ataxia, loss of condition, wing and leg weakness, and anemia are the most notable signs.
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