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Owners Urged to Consider Their Pets Before Smoking

31 March 2015
Battersea Dogs and Cats Home

UK - Battersea Dogs & Cats Home is urging all owners to think about their pets before lighting up, following recent reports of the death of a dog due to passive smoking.

The effects of second-hand smoke on people are quite well publicised, however a lot of smokers don’t realise that it could also be damaging to their pet’s health.

Dogs and cats whose owners smoke are twice as likely to develop some types of cancers as those whose owners don’t.

Smoking can also make symptoms worse in pets already suffering from illnesses such as asthma and bronchitis.

Shaun Opperman, Battersea’s Veterinary Director, said: “At Battersea we always advise owners not to smoke around their pets because they are equally susceptible to the disease risk, whilst generally being unable to escape it.

“Cats are also at risk from grooming the toxins contained in tobacco smoke off their fur, which can cause oral cancers. In addition, we see frequent cases of cats with feline asthma, which can be aggravated by second hand smoke.

“In order to better protect your pets, take the same precautions as you would with a child - don’t smoke around them and keep them away from second-hand smoke.”

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