Study Shows Smoking Damages Pet’s Health

Quitting smoking may not only be good for your health but also to your pets according to a new study. While past research carried out by Clare Knottenbelt, a professor of small animal medicine and oncology at the University of Glasgow in the United Kingdom, and team indicated that smoking is detrimental to pet’s health, the new one takes it a step further.

How Much Nicotine is too Much?

Knottenbelt and team sought to find precisely how much exposure to nicotine is harmful to pets. For the latest research (which is still underway) the researchers wanted to find out if the nicotine levels in the pet’s fur had increased the risk of health complications. They also analyzed the testicles derived from castrated dogs in a bid to find out if there was significant cell damage.

Following the analysis, Knottenbelt and team found that pets that live in smoking households are at a higher risk of cell damage, cancer and weight gain in comparison to those living in non-smoking homes.

Cats take in more tobacco toxins compared to dogs, primarily because of their self-grooming behavior according to the researchers. When the testicles of castrated dogs from smoking households were analyzed, they were found to have a gene that could potentially lead to cell damage and cancer. Besides, the dogs from smoking households were found to have more weight in comparison to those who lived in none smoking households.

The risk seems to reduce, however, when the pet owners smoke outside as this translates to less exposure to the nicotine the animal ingests. Nonetheless, reducing the number of cigarettes smoked indoors had little effect. Cats whose owners reduce the number of cigarettes smoked in a day 10 still had higher levels of nicotine compared to those living in nonsmoking households.

Based on these findings, Knottenbelt suggest that pets could be exposed to a higher risk of health problems than children because they are in lower height, thus are more likely to take in third-hand smoke.

Knottenbelt notes that apart from the risk to the smoker, there is the danger of secondhand smoke to others. Pet owners often do not think about the impact that smoking could have on their pets.

What Should You Do?

While you can reduce the amount of smoke, your pet is exposed to by smoking outdoors and by reducing the number of tobacco products smoked by the members of the household, stopping smoking altogether is the best option for your pet’s future health and well-being.

In Conclusion

On top of that, you should be mindful of your pet’s sleeping environment. Whenever possible, keep your animal secluded area to reduce exposure to smoke. The only thing that you need to do is to ensure that your pet is in comfort. On that note, visit PetNap to view a collection of pet accessories to enable you to create a cozy environment for your furry friend. The idea is to discourage your animal from coming close to smoking zones inside and outside the house. Think of it as a way of enhancing your pet’s overall living standards.