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Is Your Bad Habit Making Your Pet Sick?

dog smokeI am baffled by how many people still smoke. I continue to have pet-loving guardians tell me, “but, I smoke outside, or my spouse smokes outside.” This statement continues to show how naïve people are in regards to the effects on others of second hand smoke. When I review a radiograph of a pet who has a primary lung tumor my heart sinks. This is a needless loss of a beautiful life.

What does your dog do the minute you enter the home? Sniffs you up and down, right? We all know how sensitive their noses are! And, of course there are the little ones who curl up in your lap and lie right on the residue. Then, they groom themselves and eat it. Those of us who do not smoke can smell the lingering residue on a smoker’s clothes or even in their hair! Don’t forget about the household teenager who thinks they are being sneaky and hiding their habit, yet exposing their own beloved pet!

A case-control study of nasal cancer in pet dogs was conducted to test the hypothesis that exposure to environmental tobacco smoke increases risk. The data support an association between environmental tobacco smoke and canine nasal cancer. Am J Epidemiol 1998; 147:488–92.

Passive smoking may increase the risk of malignant lymphoma in cats and (that) further study of this relation in humans is warranted. Am J Epidemiol 2002;156:268–73.

Some inhabitants of homes with smokers have suggested air purifiers to be a solution. I would suggest take great caution with the placement of the air purifier in your home. It is common to place the equipment in a location which actually drags the toxins through the air, across the path of the pet or even near the areas where the pet or family frequent. This actually concentrates the exposure risk. Don’t forget, residues even fall into the pet’s water bowl!

While a smoker is kicking the habit, clothing should be stripped and hair washed upon entering the home. Your pet should not be allowed into the same car where a smoker has been.

If your pet has asthma, sinusitis, a difficult to manage skin condition or anything which is being called an allergy, regard this as a potential pre-cancerous condition and question this pet’s exposure to potential toxins such as second or third hand smoke.

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2 Responses to Is Your Bad Habit Making Your Pet Sick?

  1. Kathy Lawson October 30, 2013 at 9:13 AM #

    Hello, I am emailing from Australia & already get your Newletters regularly & find them very interesting…
    I was wondering if u could help me with my Dads dog please….
    She has regular fits & also Cluster Fits as the Vet has told my Dad… It is very sad to see, only this morning she had 3 fits in a short space of time….
    My Dad gets Medication from the Vet which costs him an arm & a leg to buy, but still she has her fits now & again…
    It’s very hard to see & my Dear old Dad is 83 years old & having Cancer Treatment at the moment himself….
    What could u suggest to help my Dads dog ” Lucy” please…. I would really appreciate your help & look forward to your response….. Thanku Kathy..

    • Dogs Naturally Magazine October 31, 2013 at 3:02 PM #

      There are many homeopathic remedies like Belladonna that are very effective for epilepsy. We’d recommend a consultation with a homeopathic vet definitely!

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