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Critical warning for owners who smoke: Your dog smokes 3000 ciggies a year

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Dogs who live with owners who smoke regularly are 60% more likely to get lung cancer than those that live in a smoke-free environment, says MORE TH>N.

By Nick Whittle, 3 Oct 2019

According to figures published in The Metro, cats of owners who smoke are twice as likely to develop some form of cancer than cats living smokeless.

Of those 2,000 people who participated in the study, 22% said they smoked 15 or more cigarettes a day while their pets were nearby. On average, nine cigarettes a day were smoked in the vicinity of a cat or dog. That led researchers to deduce that in the course of a year, pets were averagely exposed to the smoke of 3,285 cigarettes.

78% of respondents admitted to being aware of the dangers posed by passive smoking to their pet. 68% said they would only quit if a vet told them their smoking habit was making the animal sick.

The number of cigarettes a pet is exposed to would increase substantially should more than one person in the household smoke, the study concluded.

Respiratory distress

The poll does not take into account the additional breathing difficulties of brachycephalic dogs such as the Pug and the Bulldog. ‘Squashed-face’ breeds already encounter health problems associated with a lack of oxygen. Exposing these types of dog to the toxins and gasses emitted from a cigarette could have serious implications for their health.

More than half of those who took part in the poll also admitted that their pet spent 23 hours or more at home. Vets highlight this as a danger of equal proportions since the animal is exposed to lingering fumes and toxins for a prolonged length of time.

Veterinary Surgeon Dr Robert J White-Adams, told The Metro, “Research has shown cats that live with smokers are about twice as likely to develop a malignant lymphoma and dogs that live with smokers are 60 per cent more likely to develop lung cancer.

It’s heartbreaking to hear pets are inhaling second-hand smoke and other chemicals for up to 23 hours from over three thousand cigarettes each year.