The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) and the EcoWaste Coalition are warning the public about the dangers posed by the loom band weaving craze.
The groups cited incidences in the U.S. wherein loom bands caused animals and pets to suffer from intestinal obstruction due to accidental ingestion. Such a condition causes an upset stomach and damages the intestinal tract.
Should a pet be suffering from intestinal obstruction, symptoms to watch out for include loss of appetite, diarrhea and dizziness.
Thony Dizon, coordinator for EcoWaste Coalition, also urged those into making loom bands to practice caution when buying these as there are fake versions being sold in the market, particularly in Divisoria and Quiapo, Manila.
“While we did not find lead and other toxic metals on the loom bands, there is no assurance that these products are totally safe for consumers and the environment, as these products have no FDA market authorization,” explained Dizon.
They further warned parents and loom band owners to ensure that these are out of the reach of infants, toddlers and pets, as well as to secure these in tight containers. Pet owners were also urged to avoid using loom bands as collars or straps.
Sources: • June 22, 2014. Chito A. Chavez. “Public warned of dangers of ‘loom band’ craze” ph.news.yahoo.com • June 22, 2014. Kristine Angeli Sabillo. “Loom bands spell looming dangers—PAWS, Ecowaste” lifestyle.inquirer.net • June 23, 2014. Rhodina Villanueva. “’Rubber loom bands dangerous to pets’” philstar.com