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FDA Sends Warning That Secondhand Smoke Can Kill Your Pets

A word of warning to all pet owners out there — pets that are living or usually exposed to smoking environments are more at risk in developing health problems including weight gain, cell damage, and cancer.

In a report from South China Morning Post, it was revealed that secondhand smoking poses a health risk to household pets. According to the Food and Drugs Administration in the United States, chemicals that are found in tobacco can damage the health of dogs, cats, birds, fish, and guinea pigs. This toxic chemical will increase their risk in developing cancer, heart disease, and lung disease.

The FDA explains that tobacco residue left on skin, clothes, furniture, and carpets is harmful to your dear pets. Dogs and cats can inhale and ingest these substances not knowing that it can damage their health.

“If 58 million non-smoking adults and children are exposed to tobacco smoke, imagine how many pets are exposed at the same time,” said Carmela Stamper, an FDA veterinarian.

“Like children, dogs and cats spend a lot of time on or near the floor, where tobacco smoke residue concentrates in house dust, carpets and rugs. Then, it gets on their fur. Dogs, cats and children not only breathe in these harmful substances, but pets can also ingest them by licking their owner’s hair, skin and clothes,” Stamper added.

Another study from the University of Glasgow found a direct link between pets and how living in a smoking environment affects them, Telegraph reported.

The study revealed that exposure to smoke can cause cell damage, increased weight after castration, and an increased risk of cancer. It was also found out that although smoking outside reduces your pet’s exposure to harmful chemicals, the effects were not eradicated.

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