Lead testing event for Flint dogs scheduled for Saturday

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This weekend, close to 200 dogs are expected to be tested for lead poisoning in Flint.

Pets are a lot like us, and they too can be affected by lead poisoning.

Vets say much like humans, lead poisoning in dogs can affect their brain, internal organs and nervous system.

Daniel Langlois is a veterinarian with the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He will be leading the event.

He said so far the MSU vet school has tested over 100 dogs.

“We’ve seen a couple of dogs with really high levels, and then we’ve seen a few with low levels of exposure, that have had no clinical signs of the disease, they were healthy it was sort of an incidental finding.”

Langlois said symptoms can range from minor to severe.

“It can be quite variable. There’s three major organ systems that are involved, and that’s the brain and so in terms of neurologic signs or brain signs, it can be a variety of things. It can be a change in behavior, possibly aggression and it might be as severe as something like seizures. ”

The testing is scheduled from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 19 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 711 S. Saginaw St. in downtown Flint. The testing will take about ten minutes, and results from the blood test are expected back in roughly two weeks.