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    Smoking owners can cause cancer to their cats and dogs

    NewsPets in generalTuesday 04 June 2013
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    New evidence suggests that smoking may not just harm yourself and those around you but also any cats and dogs that you live with.

    Health chiefs have issued a new warning that the owners of cats and dogs are twice as likely to develop some kind of cancer if they live with an owner who exposes them to second hand smoke. Of course the dangers of smoking are well known to humans as well as the effects of second hand smoke to members of the family who do not smoke. The link towards pets is still an area that needs to be explored fully.

    Val Mills, who works for Bucks Smokefree Support Service said that "As a pet owner I know how important pets can be to people. Some people may not realise that smoking around their pets will affect the health of their animals."

    Dogs that are exposed to tobacco smoke are much more likely to suffer from nose and lung cancers than dogs that are not exposed. Smaller pets and birds can also be effected by illnesses as they are small animals and therefore highly sensitive to the smoke.

    It has not the first time research has been taken in order to establish a link between smoking and the causes amongst pets. Dr. Sharon Gwaltney-Brant from the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Centre said that "Nicotine from secondhand smoke can have effects to the nervous systems of cats and dogs. Environmental tobacco smoke has been shown to contain numerous cancer-causing compounds, making it hazardous for animals as well as humans.”

    Another set of research found that if cats live with someone who smoke then they are twice as likely to develop Feline Lymphona which is a cancer of the blood and immune system. The smoke gets trapped in the cat's hair and skin and when they groom themselves they lick in the dangerous toxins directly into their bodies.

    The best thing you can therefore do for your pet is to kick the habit by chucking the cigarettes away. If you are not able to do that then the advice would be to at least smoke outside away from your pet.

     

     

    Source: Bucks Free Press

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