Pet dog owners who like smoking have noticed that smoking is not only harmful to other people’s health, but also to their dogs at home. A number of recent Veterinary Studies in the United States have confirmed that secondhand smoke can greatly increase the risk of cancer for domestic pets such as cats and dogs.
Veterinarians explain that because they have the habit of licking their hair, it will lick the tobacco carcinogens accumulated in their hair from the air into their mouth. A team of researchers at Tufts veterinary school found that cats living in a second-hand smoke filled environment had significantly higher rates of SCC in their mouths than those in smoke-free homes. Veterinarians explain that cats are vulnerable to second-hand smoke because they have the habit of licking their hair, which can lick the tobacco carcinogens accumulated in their hair from the air into their mouths.
A study by Colorado State University found that dogs living in secondhand smoke had an increased risk of developing nasal cancer. Usually, dogs with nasal cancer don’t survive for a year. The study also found that pet birds are also victims of second-hand smoke. Because the respiratory system of birds is very sensitive to any pollutant in the air, they are more likely to suffer from pneumonia or lung cancer in the second-hand smoke environment.
People with pets at home have noticed that second-hand smoke is not only harmful to their families and children, but also to pets. Although pets can tolerate second-hand smoke in silence, second-hand smoke can easily lead to PET cancer. This is a reminder to keep away from family and pets when smoking.