Thursday, December 31, 2015

AVMA Urges Smokers To Consider the Effects of Second Hand Smoke on Their Pets

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Second Hand Smoke is Harmful to Pets
The AVMA is urging pet owners to try to stop smoking, not just for their own sake but their families and pets.  Because pets share our environments, their health is greatly effected by second hand smoke.  Many research studies have shown the harmful effects of second hand smoke on other people, as well as pets.  You can view the full story and research by clicking on this link.
Dogs living in homes with smokers have significantly higher levels of cotinine (a breakdown product of nicotine) in their blood and have a higher risk of cancer.    Cats that live with smokers are twice as likely to develop malignant lymphoma and the risk increased with the amount of exposure and duration.