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Finding lead in pets

Veterinary technicians draw blood for a lead concentration test in May 2016 in Flint, Michigan. (Courtesy of Emily Lenhard/MSU CVM)

Pets may have an underrecognized risk of lead toxicosis.

Dr. Daniel K. Langlois, an assistant professor at the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine, said toxicosis probably is rare, but testing is uncommon. In addition, lead exposure is associated with nonspecific neurologic and gastrointestinal clinical signs, and lead toxicosis can be mistaken for other diseases.

He said Michigan State's Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory received infrequent requests for blood lead tests before the 2015 identification