Secondhand smoke puts pets at risk of cancer, experts warn

Second hand smoke has been shown to have a negative impact on the health of pets who live with smokers. Pets are susceptible due to the time they spend in the home along with their proximity to the carpet which can hold smoke particles. Cats are most susceptible due to their grooming habits which causes them to ingest larger amount of smoke particles than a dog would.

Key Takeaways:

  • Pets, especially cats and dogs, are negatively affected by secondhand smoke. They face increased risk of cancer, cell damage, and weight gain after castration (dogs). They are in danger because they spend most time in doors where carcinogens linger in carpet and other fabric.
  • Secondhand smoke has 2 components – mainstream and sidestream smoke. Sidestream smoke is 4 times more harmful than mainstream – smoke inhaled through the mouth. Pets and children are subject to both types of smoke and reap the negative benefits of both types.
  • Second hand smoke increases non smokers risks for lung cancer, throat cancer, heart disease, stroke, copd, asthma, bacterial infections. Pets and children can pick up the carcinogens that accumulate on surfaces, clothing, etc. even when windows are opened to let smoke out.

“Pet owners often do not think about the impact that smoking could have on their pets”