If you’re a pet owner who smokes in the presence of your pet, have you ever asked your pet what they think about this habit? My guess is that they haven’t provided an answer compelling enough for you to stop because, well, pets can’t talk!
So I would like to speak on behalf of those pets that live in smoking homes.
A recent article published on the Seattle PI blog outlined the hazards of smoking and pets. Pets that live in smoking homes are at risk of developing cancer, allergies, and other illnesses due to secondhand smoke.
- There is an increased risk for animals because they not only inhale tobacco smoke, but also ingest the residue that collects on their fur.
- Puppies that eat multiple cigarette butts can die of nicotine poisoning.
- Cats exposed to frequent cigarette smoke are at least twice as likely to develop a fatal cancer called feline lymphoma.
- When grooming themselves, cats are likely to ingest nicotine residue which makes them susceptible to developing oral cancers commonly found in smokers.
- Similarly, secondhand smoking increases the risk of certain cancers in dogs. Dogs with longer noses are at an even greater risk of developing nasal and sinus cancer. Short nosed dogs risk developing lung cancer.
- Due to animal sensitivity to smell, all pets can have severe reactions to smoke particles in the air. Much like their human companions, animals can develop respiratory infections, eye irritation, lung inflammation and asthma as a result of secondhand smoke.
If you smoke around your pet, please take these facts into consideration and hopefully they will encourage you to step outside so that your pet can live a long and healthy life.