Sunday, February 14, 2016

Secondhand Smoke Harms Our Pets Too!

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Sleuth, the Veterinary News Network Reporter Dog

Sleuth the Reporter Dog knows a few dogs and cats who always smell like cigarette smoke.  Sadly, their owners have no idea how they are affecting their pets.  So, maybe these facts and tips from the Veterinary News Network might help persuade these smokers to quit!

1)    Cigarette smoke has lots of cancer-causing toxins in it.  Because it settles to the floor, this secondhand smoke can be a serious health risk for our pets.

2)    Cats, especially, are prone to illnesses associated with smoking.  The toxins that reach the furniture or floors are often picked up on the petís fur.  The pet can then ingest these chemicals while grooming.

3)    Cats who live with smokers are two to three times more likely to develop lymphoma (a common cancer of cats) and also more likely to develop squamous cell carcinoma (another serious cancer).  Both diseases have very poor outcomes for the cat.

4)    Asthma is also another common problem for these cats.  Living in a smoke filled house increases the risks of developing asthma by 10 fold!

5)    Dogs arenít immuneÖlung cancers and nasal cancers are much more common in dogs that live with smokers.

6)    If you smoke and have pets, please allow the pet to have a healthy indoor environment and confine your smoking to outside the home.  Better yet, think of your petís health and use it as a reason to start the quitting process!

7)    If you smoke when you drive, leave your pets at home.  Smoking in the car, even with windows down, creates a very toxic environment.

8)    Pets who are developing secondhand smoke related illnesses may exhibit signs of lethargy, coughing or even start developing oral or nasal masses.

9)    Ask our veterinarians about ways to help keep your pets safe from secondhand smoke.

10)    Trust a site like to provide you with accurate and unbiased pet health information.