Is Second-Hand Smoke Bad for Dogs?
Q. As part of a workplace stop-smoking class I’m taking, the instructor said secondhand smoke is as bad for pets as it is for people. Is this true?A. If you’ve been looking for one more reason to stop smoking, you may have found it. Your instructor is correct: Secondhand smoke puts both people and pets at risk. Health authorities believe secondhand smoke kills thousands of nonsmokers every year, and though the number of pets affected isn’t clear, the risk is.
- In cats, exposure to cigarette smoke produces higher than normal rates of mouth cancer and lymphoma.
- In dogs, being around secondhand smoke increases the odds of nasal cancer.
- In birds, lung cancer shows up more frequently with exposure to smoking in the home.
Pet birds? Lung cancer? Do the words “canary in a coal mine” give you any ideas? They should. As I’ve often noted, I am not here to give advice on human health concerns, but I will tell you that if you can stop for your pets, I’d certainly encourage it. And you’ll benefit as well!