Evaluation of mercury contamination in dogs using hair analysis.

  Vol. 36 (Suppl 1) 2015 Neuro endocrinology letters Journal Article   2015; 36(Suppl 1): 68-72 PubMed PMID:  26757118    Citation  Keywords:  Animal Feed:analysis, Animals, Dogs, Food Contamination:analysis, Hair:chemistry, Mercury:analysis,.   

OBJECTIVES: The present work is aimed at assessing the mercury contamination of dogs through the analysis of hair. For the determination of the total mercury in dogs, we chose skin derivatives--hair. The content of total mercury was also measured in the pelleted feed.

METHODS: Dogs were divided into two groups. The first group (group A) was fed granular feed containing fish and the second group (group B) granular feed free of fish. A total of 131 hair and granular feed samples were collected. The total mercury in hair and granular feed samples was measured using atomic absorption spectrophotometry on AMA 254.

RESULTS: The values of the total mercury content in the hair of dogs had a median value of 0.0375 mg.kg(-1) in group A and of 0.0336 mg.kg(-1) in group B. No statistically significant difference was found between the groups (p>0.05). The median values of the total mercury were 0.0048 mg.kg(-1) in group A and 0.0017 mg.kg(-1) in group B, respectively. A highly statistically significant difference between the groups was found (p<0.01).

CONCLUSIONS: No correlation was obtained between the total mercury content in the hair of dogs and granulated feed (rs=0.2069, p>0.05). The reason may be a content of various mercury species in feed samples or a human failure (nonobservance of the prescribed diet).

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