The consequences of cigarette smoke in dogs are practically the same as for a passive smoker. The difference is that they can’t tell you that it bothers them, just like babies.
Pets with smoking tutors are more exposed to a large number of toxic substances than those with non-smoking tutors. This increases the probability of the dog to develop certain pathologies. For this and for all that we will tell you below, we encourage you to quit smoking, although it is hard, the reward will be pleasing to you and all the members of your family.
Pets “smoke” in many ways
Not only is cigarette smoke in dogs. Toxins and tobacco chemicals remain attached to any surface. Therefore, although you do not smoke in the presence of your pet, it is also exposed.
Both dogs and cats They groom themselves, but especially the latter. In relation to this, keep in mind that sIf you smoke in the same room where your pet is, all tobacco residues will remain on your skin and hair.Then, when you are going to groom yourself, you will end up ingesting the toxic substances.
The same goes for environmental pollution. If you live in places with a lot of pollution, it is possible that the fur of the animal and the skin accumulate dirt and that the contaminating particles of the air they remain in the fur of the animal, which also causes diseases.
On the other hand, all the furniture in the house, as well as the clothes you wear, will be in contact with tobacco smoke. And if you hug your dog while he is in his bed, you will leave residue in it too.
While all this is harmful, The most direct and harmful is cigarette smoke in dogs. Especially because of the fact that it does not pass through the cigar filter.
Risk of cigarette smoke in dogs
Tobacco smoke is made up of a group of more than 5,000 toxic substances, potentially carcinogenic. In addition to the fact that, combustion produces benzene, which is highly toxic.
This mixture of compounds can generate and worsen many clinical conditions in pets. It will depend on the route of entry of the toxins so that one or another part of the animal’s body is affected.
The most common pathologies that appear to be related to the exposure of cigarette smoke in dogs are:
- Skin problems
- Loss of appetite
- Eye irritation
- Cardiovascular problems
- Increased risk of developing tumors
One of the serious dangers of tobacco lies in accidental ingestion by the pet. A dog can drink contaminated water by cigarette butts, or ingest directly the rest of a tobacco that is in the ground of the street, to destroy a packet that finds by house, etc.
It should be noted that ingestion of these wastes, nicotine patches, chewing gum or other derivatives, can lead to serious problems.
The tobacco plant, especially its leaves, are highly toxic to pets. The toxic dose is 1-2 mg per kg of the animal. Thus, the symptoms that a dog has eaten tobacco are:
Recommendations if you are a smoker and live with animals
If you are a smoker, the first thing we recommend is that you try to quit. You can visit your GP to advise and guide you through the process. This will benefit everyone.
In case you don’t want to,Try smoking outside or in a place where your pet does not have access.Also, try to wash clothes and furniture in contact with smoke regularly, so you will eliminate waste and toxins.
Finally,ventilate the house daily. This is not good only if you smoke. If your dog suffers from respiratory problems, keeping the house air as clean and purified as possible will be very good for your pet.