NuVet Labs: 10 Facts About Your Pet and Second Hand Smoke • Second-hand smoke, also known as Environmental Tobacco Smoke or ETS, comes from smokable items like cigarettes, pipes and cigars. • Second-hand smoke contains cancer causing agents or carcinogens. • Due to more awareness and education most pet owners are aware of the harmful effects of smoking and second-hand smoke. • We already know that second-hand smoke can be harmful to humans but it is also important to realize that smoking around are pets can also be harmful to them. • Interestingly, the lungs of cats and dogs are virtually identical to that of humans so it is easy to understand how they may affect our beloved pets. • Here are 10 Reasons not to smoke around your pets:
NuVet Labs: 10 Facts About Your Pet and Second Hand Smoke 1. Cats and dogs exposed to second-hand smoke are more likely to get cancer. Lung cancers, cancer of the nose and sinus as well as mouth cancers have all been found in the dogs and cats of smokers. 2. Cats are particularly susceptible to lymphoma and cancers of the mouth, which is also known as squamous cell carcinoma.
NuVet Labs: 10 Facts About Your Pet and Second Hand Smoke 3. More common in dogs are lung, nose and sinus cancers. Research has shown that the muzzle size of the dog can determine their likelihood for lung or nose and sinus cancer. To explain, the longer the muzzle of the pooch, the more likely the dog will develop nose and sinus cancer, this is because of the larger surface area potentially affected by the second-hand smoke. Dogs with shorter muzzles are more likely to get lung cancer.
NuVet Labs: 10 Facts About Your Pet and Second Hand Smoke 4. The risk of getting Lymphoma, a fast moving cancer, is doubled in cats exposed to second-hand smoke. In addition to inhaling second-hand smoke, due to the nature of their grooming habits, cats unknowingly lick up the cancer causing substances that have settled on their fur. 5. Respiratory problems like asthma and lung infections such as bronchitis have been known to plague the pets of cat and dog owners.
NuVet Labs: 10 Facts About Your Pet and Second Hand Smoke 6. Healing from respiratory infections can also take longer in pets exposed to second-hand smoke. 7. Coughing, wheezing and malaise are among some of the symptoms that indicate your pet may be having trouble with smoking in their environment.
NuVet Labs: 10 Facts About Your Pet and Second Hand Smoke 8. Second-hand smoke contains over 4,000 chemicals which includes arsenic and formaldehyde. So it is not hard to understand why breathing in these substances can be so hard on your pet's lungs. 9. Ash trays left on the coffee table, garbage cans, and even ash bins kept outside, where we think they might be safe from nosey pets, can all attract the attention of our four-legged family members. Unfortunately, your pet may be unwittingly exposing himself or herself to poison.
NuVet Labs: 10 Facts About Your Pet and Second Hand Smoke 10. Not only do cigarette and cigar butts contain nicotine, which is highly toxic to dogs and cats, they also contain thousands of toxins, which can be equally harmful to your pet. Vomiting, diarrhea, drooling, tremors, seizures and odd behavior are signs your dog or cat may have been poisoned.
NuVet Labs: 10 Facts About Your Pet and Second Hand Smoke • NuVet Labs knows that keeping our canine and feline family healthy is important. Removing harmful pollutants and toxins from their environment is one such way we can help keep them healthy. • Another way to keep them healthy is by adding a nutrient rich supplement, like NuVet Plus, to their diet. • To read the exciting things that NuVet Plus users are saying, check out NuVet Reviews.