Be Smoke-free and Help Your Pets Live Longer, Healthier Lives
If 58 million non-smoking adults and children are exposed to tobacco smoke, imagine how many pets are exposed. The FDA warns that secondhand smoke is dangerous to pets in your house including dogs, cats, birds, fish (yes even fish,) guinea pigs and possibly other pocket pets. Short- and Medium-nosed breeds, like Pugs, Bulldogs, Beagles, and Brittany Spaniels, have a higher risk of lung cancer. Long-nosed dog breeds like Greyhounds, Borzois, and Doberman Pinschers that are exposed to tobacco smoke have a doubled risk of nose cancer. Studies show that cats living in smoking households have a two- to four-times increased risk of an aggressive type of mouth cancer called oral squamous cell carcinoma. Regardless of the type of pet you have smoking around them can lead to numerous health risks for your pets.
Besides secondhand smoke nicotine poisoning is also dangerous for your pets. How could your pet ingest nicotine? There are several ways, including eating cigarette or cigar butts, drinking nicotine refill liquid, chewing on nicotine refill canisters for electronic nicotine delivery devices, or chewing on the devices themselves. Signs of nicotine poisoning in pets include vomiting, unsteadiness, drooling, tiredness, fast heart rate, shaking, weakness, seizures, death. If you believe your pet has ingested nicotine please call us at 858-748-3326 or seek immediate veterinary medical attention.
For more information please visit the following FDA article or if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.
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