October 02, 2019

The surprising way pets are exposed to passive smoking

The surprising way pets are exposed to passive smoking
Dr. Chris Brown

Sometimes being a fully fledged family member isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. In fact, it’s now thought that homes that contain human smokers are actually exposing pets to the equivalent of over 3000 cigarettes a year.

It all comes down to our pet's height. And here size really does matter to their health. You see, cigarette smoke isn't evenly distributed in a room. After it floats up off a cigarette it then sinks back down to ground level - settling right where our pets live and breathe. But it's not just their lungs that are in danger from this low level smokescreen.

It's here that a cat and dog's favourite past times really bite them health wise. While a dog obsessively sniffs and sucks the air (and smoke particles) into their nasal cavity, a cat's urge to self-groom means their tongue takes those same cancer causing particles that have settled on their fur into their mouth where they're swallowed. These simple acts make nasal cancer (for dogs), intestinal cancer (for cats) and lung cancer a sad reality for passive smoking pets.

So if you are a smoker, please smoke outside away from the smallest and most sensitive lungs in the home.

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