Everyone knows that smoking can be harmful to your health but were you aware that smoking can be just as bad for your pets? Second hand smoke is a common problem for pets not just because they breathe the smoke but also because the smoke residue settles on their hair coat and bedding.
Cats are three times more likely to develop cancer of the lymph nodes and an increase risk for squamous cell carcinoma. In addition to the increased risk of cancer, cats they are also more likely to develop asthma by ten fold. Dogs are not immune to smoke either because those who live with smokers have a greater risk to develop lung or nasal cancer.
When cats and dogs groom themselves or lick or chew on bedding, they ingest nicotine, which is also a toxin to pets. Smoking in a confined space like a car even with the windows down is particularly dangerous for pets that travel.
Pets who develop illness from second hand smoke will develop lethargy, coughing and oral or nasal masses. If you see symptoms of second hand smoke illness in your pet contact your veterinarian immediately and try to kick the habit.