Passive Smoking – Your Dog
Fact: Passive smoking is harmfull to humans. What about your dog? Yes passive smoking is harmful to your dog. Our beloved dogs and other pets are living the same home environment as smokers and they too are in danger from inhaling the stale vapours from YOUR cigarettes.
Constant exposure to cigarette smoke is certainly not going to make your dog fitter, healthier or happier. Dogs living with smokers are more likely to develop serious conditions such as asthma, nasal and sinus cancer, as well as lung cancer. If more than one family member smokes the greater the risk your dog will be diagnosed with cancer.
If someone in your house smokes look out for your dog wheezing, coughing or struggling to breathe. If your dog tries to leave the room when someone is smoking it may be a sign that this is making life difficult for them. Cigarette fumes have a bad affect on a pet dog’s eyes and nose. A dog’s eyes will look and feel sore after cigarette smoke as it affects their blood vessels.
Puppies have smaller lungs and their immune systems are less developed than in older dogs and this makes them more vulnerable to infection. They also breathe faster, meaning they take the chemicals in very quickly. Passive smoking is bad for dogs of all ages.
Dogs spend a lot of time sleeping indoors where they may be constantly breathing in stale cigarette smoke. But not only do dogs breathe in cigarette smoke, damaging their lungs in the process, but it also accumulates in their fur, making them smelly and uncomfortable, and are at risk from ingesting harmful chemicals if they lick their fur.
Cigarettes are posionous to dogs if eaten. Also please note that nicotine patches are toxic and so is nicotine chewing gum. 10mg per 1kg is a toxic dose.
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Don’t Smoke around your dog go outside instead. Even going into another room is not effective because 85% of smoke is invisible and does not smell. Dispose of cigarette butts safely don’t leave them lying around where your dog could easily eat them. Better still Give Up Smoking altogether.
No Smoke = Healthier Dog