Mythbuster! Are Paintballs dangerous if a dog eats it? local paper ran an article about paintballs being poisonous?
Posted 14 March 2009 - 03:30 PM
Like most things paintball can be toxic in high doses.
Read the initial article details and it is a question with a reasonable answer.
We called the folks at Desert Paintballs at 651 Main St. in Brawley in hopes they could put us in contact with the airport paintballers. Manager Jorge Santana, unfortunately, did not recall any of his customers as the same Sunday rumblers out in the field.
Instead, we shifted our conversation toward paintballs and whether they are hazardous to human or animals.
In short, no.
“Paintballs are food coloring, fish oils and gelatin. The shell is gelatin and the filling is fish oils and food coloring,” he said. “Keep in mind there are various different types of oils, but they all nontoxic. They are biodegradable.”
Santana said he spent a lot of time playing paintball on his father’s farm, where not only would the paint wash off the trees with ease and nourish the grass with fish oils, but the paintballs themselves seemed to be a treat for his dad’s goats.
“Animals are usually smarter than we are; they usually know what they can eat and can’t eat,” he said.
We asked Santana if cleaning up after themselves was customary with paintballers, and he said it should be. In fact, there’s a sign on the wall at Desert Paintballs that says, “If you take it in, take it out. Leave it cleaner than when you got there, or lose the privilege of playing there.”
But, he said, that can’t always be the case with the paintballs themselves. He said if there are a lot of unexploded paintballs, it’s likely the shooters are using cheap ammo. He said the good stuff is meant to pop when you drop it to the ground from shoulder height.
Out here in the UK we find it pretty hard to understand that it is acceptable to play paintball in an open public place, as opposed to a fenced off area.
Make a reasonable effort to keep the area safe when playing and clear up everything that is reasonable. I see you have highlighted that the area has been used for dumping rubbish. (Referring to dog mess is a bit of 'you make a mess too')
A good neighbourhood thing will be to organise a group to help clear out the rubbish, all you ned is something to shift it out. Contact the paper that the website is from and try to arrange through them to get dog walkers and paintballers together to tidy up and the local 'public works' or whichever to take it. A good bit of PR for you all.
Posted 14 March 2009 - 04:21 PM
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Posted 14 March 2009 - 04:54 PM
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Posted 14 March 2009 - 05:05 PM
Yeah, I'm sure these guys can walk through out the field and pick up all the unbroken paint..... And what's with people and "exploded" paint? It not really like an explosion at all. Oh well.
As for dogs eating paint, I shoot in my backyard and my dogs around it. They have licked it and tried it before, but for the most part it doesn't interest them enough to become a problem. They are two jack russells and they are fine. They've also eaten cheese, chocolate and almost anything in the house. The worst that the two of them have had was mild indigestion and hurling a bit.
Posted 14 March 2009 - 10:27 PM
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Posted 15 March 2009 - 10:50 AM
And the whole "war" thing, what else do you call it when you see a bunch of kids go into the woods and shoot at each other. I used to go play "war" with my fake guns and friends when i was little.
As far as i know they are not toxic, but i would try to keep any animals i had away from them.
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Posted 15 March 2009 - 12:05 PM
If the fill causes diarrhea that is bad enough and lasts long enough it can cause severe dehydration. The number of paintballs required to do something like that would be huge though, depending on the dog. If someones not responsible enough to keep their dog from eating things it not supposed to, that's their fault and their problem. chocolate is more dangerous to animals than paint is.
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Posted 18 March 2009 - 04:40 PM
Posted 18 March 2009 - 05:27 PM
He eats any he can find. (cocker spaniel).
Usually he just chucks up pretty pink or blue...
But they have never hurt him, and he got a whole bag once out of my garage.
Tell her to quit worrying. Dogs eat poop too... Their dogs...
Lol..Why do dogs eat poop? If i saw my dog trying eat something i did not know if it was toxic or not i would get my dog away from the item in question... it's a no brainer people!!!You wouldn't let your own child eat poop! now would you....
Posted 18 March 2009 - 05:37 PM
edited to add-
the name of what my nephew's dog came down with is SARDS (Sudden Acquired Retinal Degeneration Syndrome)
This post has been edited by comom: 18 March 2009 - 05:46 PM