There is a good chance that you realise the dangers smoking may pose to your body. But have you ever wondered about how smoking can affect your dog?
You’ll not be happy after hearing this but second-hand smoke is not good for your dog. It affects children, dogs, cats, and even birds negatively.
In some nations, smoking is also one of the leading causes of disease and death (which is preventable).
What Is Second-Hand Smoke In Dogs?
When a person smokes, the smoke that lingers in the air that your dog breathes is known as second-hand smoke.
Just like how smoking is bad for adults, it is also harmful to your dogs and small children who breathe the same air which is filled with harmful smoke.
So basically, the chemicals which are breathed out by a smoker are inhaled by pets.
Tobacco smoke contains more than 7000 chemicals and many of them are hazardous for your and your dog’s health. Some of those chemicals even cause cancer.
So, if you or your pet is even breathing in the surrounding area of an active smoker you are exposing yourself and your pet to many dangerous compounds.
It is not necessary that you need to be in direct contact with the tobacco product to be affected by the dangers of smoking.
People who are in direct contact with the smoking product inhale first-hand smoke into their lungs.
And the smoke which is inhaled by the non-smokers is the one which is either exhaled by the smoker who inhaled it in the first place or the smoke which is produced by the burning end of a Bidi, cigar or cigarette etc.
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Symptoms of second-hand smoke in dogs:
- More Allergies
- Respiratory issues including lung cancer
- More infections
- Asthma symptoms
Is Second-Hand Smoke Bad For Dogs?
The short answer is yes. Second-hand smoke can make any problem worse that your dog is already facing and can even give birth to new problems.
We have mentioned above the fact that tobacco smoke contains more than 7000 chemicals, 93 of those 7000 chemicals have been listed by the federation drug administration(FDA) on its list of harmful and potentially harmful constituents in tobacco products and tobacco smoke.
They include :
- Benzene (cancer-causing industrial chemical)
- Formaldehyde (toxic gas often used in manufacturing)
- Carbon monoxide (odourless gas that can cause death)
- Arsenic (used in electronics, cancer-causing)
- Toluene (found in crude oil and used in paint products)
- Uranium-238 (used in nuclear fuel)
- Ammonia (deadly, corrosive, used in fertiliser)
- Hydrogen cyanide (a fatal compound)
- Lead and mercury (heavy metals)
Other than that, it also affects existing health issues. For example: If your dog has any respiratory problem, the smoke can make it far worse and may even lead to chronic coughing.
Other issues may also arise including allergies, eye infections, and other respiratory issues. It is reasonable when you realise that in terms of sense of smell a dog is considerably superior to a human.
According to a study at Colorado State University, dogs residing in smoking environments had an increased rate of nasal cancer.
The study also indicated that a dog’s nose’s length is linked with cancer type incurred from inhaling second-hand smoke.
Short-nosed dogs are prone to lung cancer while long-nosed dogs are prone to nasal cancer. There is increased surface area in the nasal canals of long-nosed dogs that traps inhaled particles.
Nasal mucus accumulates the carcinogens and toxins present in the smoke, which puts the long-nosed dogs at a greater risk for tumours.
As a matter of fact, the chances of nasal tumours are 250% higher in long-nosed dogs residing in smoke-filled environments.
However, short-nosed dogs develop more lung cancer than the prior as short noses do not work as effective traps and permit more inhaled carcinogens and toxins to reach the lungs.
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Can Dogs Get Lung Cancer From Secondhand Smoke?
As we have talked about before, dogs with short and medium noses (bulldogs, spaniels, pugs) have a greater risk of lung cancer.
The reason for this is that short noses are not effective traps and they have a shorter filter which results in them getting toxins into their lungs.
Can Dogs Get High From Secondhand Smoke?
Yes, they can. And instead of feeling euphoric or relaxed, your dog may get distressed by any effect it has on him physically, as well as by the smell itself.
And because of your dog’s highly sensitive sense of smell, it makes even more sense that the smoke particles in the air will have a deeper influence on him/her.
In the case of marijuana, while it may be hilarious to see your barky buddy get stoned, marihuana is not such a good idea for dogs.
According to a colorado vet, the effects of marihuana on your canine friend may include poor coordination and loss of fine motor skills.
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