We Exhale, Our Dogs (and Cats) Become Smokers Too

‘Supervet’ Noel Fitzpatrick was quoted in the Daily Mail yesterday saying, ‘Pet owners have not yet got the message that their dogs and cats can get cancer from their second-hand smoke.’

passive smokingNoel Fitzpatrick referred to this study at the University of Glasgow:

From Glasgow University News: ‘An ongoing study by the University of Glasgow shows a direct link between the effects on pets living in a smoking environment and a higher risk of health problems including some animal cancers, cell damage and weight gain.

Professor Clare Knottenbelt, Professor of Small Animal Medicine and Oncology at the university’s Small Animal Hospital, has been studying the effects of smoking and the health impact it has on family dogs and cats.

Knottenbelt said: “Our findings show that exposure to smoke in the home is having a direct impact on pets….”

This took me back to another ‘Paws for Thought’ I wrote over two years ago: Cigarettes – The Danger to Dogs Goes Way Beyond Passive Smoking

Since I wrote my first ‘Paws’ on the subject, vaping has really taken off. Does this remove the risk for our dogs? Are there dangers to our pets with vaping also?

I quote Mary Simpson from PetGuide.com:

‘Here’s the problem. Nicotine is toxic to pets – whether consumed through a butt discarded on the street or by getting hold of a tasty smelling mock-cigarette. The vape versions contain the equivalent of one to two cigarettes per and when purchased in packs of five to 100 cartridges and placed within reach of your pooch it can quick spell tragedy for all involved…’

 

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About Theo Stewart

I am a dog Behaviourist (INTODogs-ABTC - AAB) and trainer covering Beds, Herts, Cambs and Bucks, a 'Victoria Stilwell' Positively Dog Trainer (VSPDT) and a member of the IMDT. Graduate ISCP, International School for Canine Practitioners. My main site: www.dogidog.co.uk
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