Your Pets and Second- and Third-Hand Smoke

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If you love your Pets – why would you continue to subject them to the dangers of 2nd and 3rd hand smoke? The top 3 dangers of third-hand smoke for your dog:

  1. Your dog breaths in toxic smoke-filled air and is trapped because an open window is not enough to clear out the toxic particles.
  2. Your dog lies directly on your carpet and rugs where he grooms himself and picks up toxic particles.
  3. Your dog lies on your lap and your bed where he picks up toxic particles.


Dogs and secondhand smoke

2nd Hand Smoke and DogsMuzzle length plays a role in the type of cancer a dog is likely to develop from secondhand smoke. A survey of recent research reveals that dogs with long muzzles are more prone to nose and sinus cancers, since their noses and sinuses have more surface area on which carcinogens can accumulate. Dogs with short and medium-length muzzles are more likely to develop lung cancer. Dogs that inhale secondhand smoke are three times more likely to develop lung or nasal cancer than those living in smoke-free homes. Allergic reactions to secondhand smoke also are common in canines that live with a smoker. Symptoms include scratching, biting or chewing of the skin which might be mistaken for skin or flea irritants or food allergies.

Cats and secondhand smoke

2nd Hand Smoke and CatsCats are more prone to develop cancers of the mouth and lymph nodes due to their constant licking. When cats groom themselves, they lick up the toxic substances that have accumulated on their fur., exposing the mucus membrane of the mouth to cancer-causing carcinogens. A study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology found that cats living in homes where someone smokes a pack of cigarettes or more each day are three times more likely to develop malignant lymphoma than cats living with nonsmokers. A study published in Veterinary Medicine found that cats exposed to smoke from one to 19 cigarettes a day are four times more likely to be diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma — the most common and an aggressive type of oral cancer in cats. Cats also can contract C.O.P.D. (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.)

Small animals and secondhand smoke

Birds are extremely sensitive to air pollutants and are at risk not just for lung cancer and pneumonia but eye trouble, dermatitis and atherosclerosis. Secondhand smoke has also been found to cause heart problems in rabbits.

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