Good morning , afternoon, or evening whatever applies,
Rainy here in Yorkshire, but at least there aren`t any floods near me. What weird weather everyone seems to be having. We seem to be getting some new faces on here so BIG welcome to you all. I am posting an older post about smoking and pets . Those of you that have been with us for a while may have already seen it.
Enjoy your smokefree day.
Passive smoking harms pets too warns PDSA
Following the call by senior doctors for a ban on smoking in cars, leading vet charity, PDSA, says the measure would benefit the health of the UK’s pets as well as people.
“Pets, just like humans, can be affected by inhaling second-hand smoke,” said PDSA Senior Veterinary Surgeon, Sean Wensley. “When people smoke in confined spaces, any passengers, be they people or pets, will have no choice but to inhale the toxic fumes.”
Research* shows cats that are regularly exposed to second-hand smoke in the home are twice as likely to develop feline lymphoma, a potentially fatal form of cancer. It can also cause breathing problems, sneezing and coughing.
Dogs are also very susceptible to smoking-related respiratory problems; studies have linked exposure to tobacco smoke to both nasal and sinus cancers**.
“The negative effects of passive smoking on human health are well known, but many smokers don’t realise that their habit may also be damaging their pet’s health,” added Sean Wensley.
“Prolonged exposure to smoking will eventually take its toll on our pets, who may go on to suffer the pain and distress of chronic breathing difficulties or cancer. So we are urging owners to think about their four-legged friend’s health as well as their own before they light up.”
Birds don’t escape the effects either. They have very sensitive respiratory systems, so cigarette smoke can be extremely harmful to birds kept indoors.
For more advice and information about pet health visit pdsa.org.uk/pethealth.