The dangers of smoking tobacco have been well researched and highly documented. Data shows that smoking can harm you, your spouse, children and other people around you. What the data doesn’t cover is that smoking can harm cats and dogs.
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals states that dogs living in a home with smokers are in danger of developing cancer of the nose or sinuses. Cancer of the nasal passage in a dog can cause it to die within a year. The ASPCA cites research conducted by Tufts College of Veterinary Medicine that smoking around cats increases their chances of getting cancer of the mouth and malignant lymphoma.
The effects of second-hand smoke on cats and dogs can be extremely harmful regardless of the breed. And aside from cancer, cats and dogs can develop allergies due to second-hand tobacco smoke. A pet scratching, biting, and chewing the skin may be suffering from an allergy. Fires and burns are another effect of smoking around pets. A playful dog or cat can jump on a smoking owner and get burned or knock over an ashtray and cause a fire.
Second-hand tobacco smoke is harmful to the health of other pets as well. Birds can get lung cancer and pneumonia while rabbits can suffer from heart problems. Nicotine is also highly toxic to pets so stray butts ingested by pets can cause serious harm.
A Positive Side Effect
A study by the Henry Ford Health System showed that smokers start to consider quitting when they become aware that smoking can harm their pets. Once informed that smoking is harmful to their pets, non-smokers urge relatives and friends to quit smoking or to smoke outdoors, away from their pets.
If you can’t get yourself to quit smoking for your own health, think of how it can harm your pets.
About the Author:
Mel Bridge is travel writer, animal lover and manager of a website which helps traveling pet and home owners find their ideal pet and house sitters.