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SMOKING IS NOT A PASSIVE ISSUE FOR ANIMALS

A recent anti-smoking campaign has just been launched by the Government, using shock tactics to try to dissuade people from buying cigarettes and tobacco. Following this, a local veterinary surgery is urging smokers to be aware of the health risks posed to their pets as well as themselves, thanks to passive smoking.

Animals are particularly susceptible to the dangers of passive smoking due to the fact that they constantly lick their fur, which holds the residue of nicotine and tar. This is especially true of cats, who are more likely to groom themselves. As a result, cats in a smoking household are 2.5 times more likely to develop cancer, specifically lymphoma (cancer of the lymph nodes), than a cat who is not exposed to smoke.

Long-nosed dogs, such as collies, are 2.5 times more likely to develop nasal cavity cancers if they are surrounded by smoke, due to the fact that they have more nasal surface area. Short-to-medium-nosed dogs, such as bulldogs and pugs, are 1.6 times more likely to develop lung cancer as they directly inhale the smoke. Dogs are also prone to chew things. The toxic dose of nicotine for dogs is between 20-100 mg and a cigarette contains 15-30 mg, meaning that chewing less than one cigarette could seriously harm a dog’s health.

Julian Peters, owner of Arthur Lodge Veterinary Group, commented: “Many people only think of passive smoking in regard to humans but it is just as much a concern for animals who live in smoking household. As well as cancer, it can also be a factor in other respiratory diseases such as bronchitis. I would urge all owners to keep on top of health checks for their pets if they are exposed to smoke inhalations, helping us to spot early signs. This is particularly true for dental checks, which can pick up mouth cancer. It is also vital to keep up with brushing and grooming to remove any toxins from their fur. Try and keep nicotine-related products out of their reach as they can be quite curious creatures.”

Calie Rydings, of the RSPCA, commented: “The RSPCA believes that owners should be aware of the concerns that exposure to environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) through passive smoking may increase the risk of certain diseases in pets, potentially impacting upon their health and welfare. Although scientific evidence is limited, that which exists suggests that protecting pets from ETS may be a powerful tool in increasing pet welfare.”

 

Arthur Lodge Veterinary Surgery
17 Brighton Road, Horsham
West Sussex, RH13 5BE
Tel: 01403 252964

Downs Link Veterinary Surgery
16 Lintot Square, Fairbank Road
Southwater, Horsham, West Sussex
RH13 9LA, Tel: 01403 732219

Ash Barn Veterinary Surgery
Unit 5, Ockley Court Farm
Coles Lane, Ockley, Surrey, RH5 5LS
Tel: 01306 713177

White Horse Veterinary Surgery
226 Crawley Road, Roffey
Horsham, West Sussex, RH12 4HE
Tel: 01403 249902