Posted May 17, 2016
Flint Blood Draw 4

MSU veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and veterinary students have tested almost 300 dogs for lead toxicity since February. The free lead screening events have been held at the Genesee County Humane Society, community centers, and churches in areas affected by the Flint water crisis.

MSU Assistant Professor Daniel Langlois has been leading the effort, and says that long-term exposure to high levels of lead can cause neurologic or brain changes. Seven dogs have tested >50 ppb, which is considered a toxic level. More dogs have tested positive for higher than normal levels that are not considered toxic.

The College’s work in Flint has been reported on by Mike Householder of the Associated Press and covered by  CNN, the Washington Post, the LA Times, and more

Education also is an important part of the College’s work related to lead toxicity in the Flint area. The College has generated and distributed fliers for health care providers and owners.

The Michigan State Veterinarian has recommended that pet owners in Flint should make sure their pets drink only filtered or bottled water, and keep toilet lids closed. If they suspect a problem, they should seek veterinary care and testing.