Can Cigarette Smoke Harm My Pet?

November 29, 2013 in Aerowood Animal Hospital

We often hear about the dangers of smoking and what it can do to the human body. But, what about the damage it can do to a pets health?

Like humans, animals can acquire lung damage and types of cancer associated with cigarette smoke. Pets who already have asthma, bronchitis, or other allergy-related lung disorders may have even more difficulties when exposed to smoke. One study at the Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine found that second-hand cigarette smoke doubled the risk of lymphoma in cats.ยน A dry, hacking cough that gets progressively worse can be a sign of a pets exposure to cigarette smoke.

In addition, your pet may get a cigarette butt from the trash, ash tray, ground, etc. Tobacco consumption can be very serious for your pet and can cause drooling, trembling, and vomiting and diarrhea. High doses of nicotine can cause behavior changes, seizures and even death in pets.

The best way to protect the health of both you and your pet is to kick the habit of smoking. Other tips include smoking outside or away from your pet, wash your hands immediately after smoking, and use an air purifier in the home.

1. Bertone E, Snyder L, Moore A. Environmental tobacco smoke and risk of malignant lymphoma in pet cats. American Journal of Epidemiology. 2002; 156 (3): 268-273.

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