Secondary Smoke or Side-stream smoke is dangerous because it has a much higher concentration of agents which are factors in the development of cancer (carcinogens). What many people don't know is that smoke inhaled by the smoker (mainstream smoke) is not as deadly as that of the secondary smoke, as the secondary smoke carries smaller particles which makes it much easier to get in your bloodstream and is much more toxic.
Did you know that many non smokers end up smoking? Well, if you are in a vicinity where there are several smokers and if you are smelling that smoke, chances are you are actually inhaling secondary smoke which is considered you involuntarily smoking. When you or your pet breath in toxic substances from inhaling secondary smoke. As a matter of fact, animals are more of a risk to develop issues if they are prolonged to second hand smoke.
Your pet can develop respiratory diseases and cancer in:
Cats do not manage second hand smoke well, research as shown that cats that are exposed to this type of smoke are 2 and half times more to develop malignant lymphoma (also referred to as lymphoma or lymphosarcoma). This is a break down on the lymph nodes which helps the cat immune system. With this breakdown, the cat is likely to suffer from many other illnesses.
Dogs that are constantly exposed to second hand smoke will eventually develop respiratory illnesses such as asthma, bronchitis and lung cancer than are dogs that live in smoke-free homes.
Birds are much more susceptible to second hand smoke and will quickly develop respiratory illnesses and are even much easier to succumb to diseases caused by second hand smoke.
No pet can be considered safe around any form of smoke, whether it be mainstream smoke or second hand smoke. Pet owners who smoke must take their pet health into consideration first and either try to quit smoking. Pet owners who do not smoke should follow some general knowledge guidelines to prevent their animals from inhaling smoke.
- Do not allow your pet to be near other people who smoke.
- If you are hiring a dog walker or a pet sitter, find out if they smoke and if they do, don't hire them
- If you re a pet owner that smokes, Quit! If you cannot quit, find some where to smoke where second hand smoke will not affect your pet.