Dec 10 2015

Second-hand Smoke

Looking for one more reason to quit smoking this New Year’s?  We all know the danger of smoking on people both first and second-hand. But did you know that second hand smoke also affects our pets?

Cigarette smoke contains many toxic and cancer causing ingredients. Smoking traps these chemicals in our pets environment; clothing, furniture, flooring, and toys. Pets exposed to second-hand smoke will also have these chemicals on their fur, which they will ingest when they to groom themselves.  Since pets are in the house more often than their humans, and lower to the ground they are often at risk for increased exposure to these chemicals.

Studies have been done that show pets exposed to second-hand smoke have an increased risk of nasal cancer and lung cancer. Cats in homes with smokers are 2 to 3 times more likely to develop the malignant cancer lymphoma, in comparison to cats in a smoke free home. Dogs and cats are also more likely to develop malignant mouth cancer called squamous cell carcinoma.

The best thing we can do, not only for ourselves, but for our entire family: including our fur-babies, is to quit smoking in our homes, cars, and in the presence of loved ones.

Study information provided by The Veterinary Information Network