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  QUESTION: Lead contamination in dogs from eating graphite pencils,18 Oct 2005, USA

My dog (4 pounds) chewed up a pencil, Can he get lead poisoning?

thanks
Tina Priest

ANSWER: 18 Oct 2005

Hi Tina,

My answer toward your concern about your dog would be to take it to the vet and get it to have blood lead test. Every source of information we've ever read says there is no lead in graphite pencils EXCEPT that " Fifty-Fifth Report of The Commission of Public Health for THE Year Ended 30th June, 1997 [EXTRACT]" by Victorian Commission of Public Health states that one graphite pencil tested had 1.6% lead in the graphite.

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Shahilla
Volunteer information Officer,

PS  the paint on the pencil can also contain lead

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