facebook twitter RSS
HOT TOPICS: Drug and Alcohol Treatment  Heroin

Secondhand Smoke Affects Pets, Too

Dogs and cats exposed to smoking are twice as likely to develop nose or lung cancer.

Image: 

Humans aren't the only ones who can get
cancer. Photo via

By Bryan Le

06/07/13

| Share

Most everyone knows that secondhand smoke comes with a slew of health risks, but sometimes it's easy to forget our furry friends are just as susceptible to the same smoky dangers. Val Mills of the Buckinghamshire SmokeFree Support Service wants to make sure people don't forget that. “As a pet owner I know how important pets can be to people,” she says. “Some people may not realise that smoking around their pets will affect the health of their animals.” Dogs that breathe in smoke are twice as likely to develop nose and lung cancers, and smaller pets like birds and mice are also heavily affected. But the effects on cats are especially devastating: When they lick and clean themselves, they ingest the chemicals and ash burned off from the cigarette, leading to feline lymphoma. And it's not just the smoke to be worried about—if pets manage to eat a cigarette or butt, Mills warns, it could be fatal.

Rehabilitation Directories

Most Popular
The Rehab Review
Cliffside Malibu
 
 
 
 
 

The “beach-house-relaxed” Cliffside Malibu claims to provide an oasis for recovering addicts and alcoholics. And that’s just what you'll get—if you’ve got the cash.

Morningside Recovery
 
 
 

For a “rehab near the beach” experience that isn’t quite as costly as similar SoCal competitors, head to this Newport Beach treatment facility.

AToN Center
 
 
 
 

Whether you’re interested in the 12 Steps, SMART Recovery, or holistic treatments, this luxurious San Diego rehab has a program for you—if you can tear yourself away from “the most amazing massages ever."

The Ultimate Guide to Rehab
 
 
 
 
 

What you need to know when choosing an addiction treatment center.

the fix tv