Smoking Around Your Pet: A Second Hand No-No

So, do you do it or don’t you?  Smoking around your pet? We know a great many people smoke, and a great many people have pets, but most people don’t actually think about how unsafe or bad it is. The fact of the matter is, it has been going on since pets and smokers have co-existed. But we just wanted to take a moment to warn you of some of the dangers of smoking around your pet that you may not be aware of. Remember, knowledge is power, and all we want to do here is give you some power. The power to do what’s right.

There was a study done about dogs who have been exposed to second-hand smoke over long periods of time, and the end result is rather disturbing. Seems that the lung tissue of these dogs has indeed changed over long exposure. Changed how? Well, the lung tissue is often found in a pre-cancerous stage, with potentially Cancerous lesions forming in their lungs. This is not for every day exposure to smoke, but was noticeable in enough dogs that it needs to be addressed as an issue.

So if you are one of the people who are smoking around your pet, all we ask is that you either take it outside, or have a room set aside with proper ventilation for you to smoke in, and make it so the dog cannot access that room. If you want to take the risk of smoking, that is up to you. But you don’t give your dog the option, so make sure you don’t give them the second-hand smoke, either.

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