Everyone knows the effects of second hand smoking to humans, but what about the effects of second hand smoking to pets. Second hand smoke causes tremendous amount of harmful effects to pets even more so on adult human beings. So if you need another reason to quit smoking, look no further than your pet that loves you more than anything or anyone else. Lighting up a stick will harm it.
What Pets Are In Danger
Cigarette smoke doesn’t discriminate. All types of pets are in danger more than human beings for obvious reason – animals can’t choose the air they breathe. No pets are immune to the effects of second hand smoke to their body. Second hand smoking causes anything from breathing difficulties to allergies to cancers among ALL pets. The most affected are those who adore you by staying close where you are like pet dogs, cats, and birds.
Effects of Second Hand Smoking to Dogs
Because pet dogs like to be close to you even while you’re smoking, they are the most affected than any other pets. Second hand smoking causes nose, sinus, and lung cancer among dogs. Dog breeds with long nose are the most at risk of developing sinus cancer. A study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology says that collies and shepherds living with a smoker are 50% at risk of developing nose and sinus cancers than those living in smoke free houses. But just about any dog breed is at risk of developing mouth and lung cancer.
Effects of Second Hand Smoking to Cats
A cat’s small physique makes it even more vulnerable to nicotine side effects. Second hand smoke causes lymphoma and oral cancer among cats more than any other bigger types of household pets. In fact, Tuft’s College of Veterinary Medicine found that cats exposed to second hand smoke are many times at risk of developing these types of cancer than those not exposed to the risk factor. Hairy pets like cats are more susceptible because nicotine can lodge on their fur, which they can ingest during grooming.
Effects of Second Hand Smoking to Birds
But nothing can be more unlucky when it comes to the effects of second hand smoking than the small birds perched high in a room. Smoke always rises to the highest area in a room where most pet bird perch are place. And because birds are small, it only takes small amount of nicotine to cause serious damage to these feathered pets. Second hand smoke causes all sorts of respiratory, sight, skin, and cardiovascular problems in birds. And it causes lung cancer! Ever wonder why your parrot is loosing feathers when you always keep it happy and fit?
Pet Nicotine Poisoning
Aside from the effects of second hand smoking, direct nicotine poisoning from chewing nicotine patch, gums, or cigarette butts are also causing health problems among pets. A small amount ingested is enough to cause stomach upset to a small pet; a small amount of nicotine can cause coma to pets as big as dogs.
Warning Signs of Nicotine Effects to Pets
The nicotine effects to pets can sometimes show slowly. Prolong exposure can lead to breathing problems like pet asthma, drooling, frequent diarrhea, vomiting, loss of appetite, and eventually cancer. However, don’t wait for these signs to show up before acting because it may be too late by then.
Vets’ Advice to Smokers
Veterinary studies already established that second hand smoke causes severe damage to all types of pets. So their advice is to love your pets like you do your children – don’t smoke while they’re around. If you must, go outside to light a stick and wash your hands before holding your pets. Better yet, quit smoking altogether. Your pets can help you quit smoking too.