Living in a house with a smoker puts dogs, cats, and especially birds at danger of a variety of health issues. Second-hand smoking causes greater eye infections, allergies, and respiratory problems, including lung cancer, in dogs. Even active smokers need to take precautions not to pass their addiction on to their pet companions.
Smoking can be an instinctive behavior for people who struggle with depression or anxiety. This same mechanism is used by birds when they are feeling down or anxious; they smoke to calm themselves down. Smokers may also be using their tail feathers as a form of self-soothing. It's important to recognize these behaviors in your bird and not leave them alone if they seem agitated or uncomfortable.
If you notice your pet acting aggressively toward other animals or people, licking himself/herself excessively, refusing to eat or drink, suffering from diarrhea or vomiting, then he/she may be in pain and needs medical attention immediately. Smoking may appear to relieve some of the pet's discomfort, but it cannot replace proper veterinary care.
Smoking can have adverse effects on your pet's health that go beyond what we know about human smoking-health concerns. These include heart disease, respiratory problems, skin conditions, tooth decay, and even cancer. When smoked, tobacco products release toxic chemicals into the air that cause damage to living cells everywhere they're breathed in.
Aside from the dangers, the odor of tobacco smoke may be offensive to dogs, who have significantly more strong senses of smell than people. Secondhand smoking may also aggravate illnesses such as bronchitis and asthma. Smoking in general is harmful to your dog's health, so if you are a smoker, consider how your four-legged friend will deal with your habit.
Does smoked tobacco affect dogs' behavior? Dogs who are exposed to tobacco smoke are likely to show an aversion to other people's cigarettes. This can lead to social isolation if their owners stop smoking, or become suspicious if their dog starts acting up around cigarettes. Also, smokers should be aware that their dog may want to get away from the smell of tobacco.
What can I do to prevent my dog from hating cigarette smoke? If you are a smoker, try not to let this influence how you feel about smoking in general. Only smoke outside of your home, and only when it's not bothering anyone else. However, since dogs find the smell of tobacco distasteful, it is recommended that you don't smoke within reach of your pet.
How does smoking affect my dog's health? Smokers' lungs are vulnerable to cancer and other diseases because they are being subjected to toxic substances on a regular basis.
The smoke can irritate your dogs' eyes and respiratory tract, especially if the pet has heart or lung condition, according to the Environmental Protection Agency's "Protect Your Pets From Wildfire Smoke" information page. "It's not a good time for you and your pet to go for a run," says the fact sheet. "Your pet should stay indoors with you during fire events."
Even if you think your dog is fine, he might suffer from smoke inhalation if you're exposed to high levels of wildfire smoke. That could lead to problems with your dog's lungs or even death. So if you have heart or lung disease, are over 60 years old, or have a child under 12 in the house, make sure they don't go outside when the wind is blowing in the direction of the fire.
If you must go out despite these risks, take precautions to protect yourself and your dog. Wear appropriate clothing that will not cause you to overheat, such as long-sleeved shirts and pants. Have water readily available for yourself and your dog if needed. And if you have heart or lung disease, be sure someone knows about it so they can provide care if you need it.
When hiking in remote areas away from help, call 911 immediately. The fire department may be able to send resources your way if other people are already being helped farther down the road.
Pets are more likely to suffer nose and throat problems, as well as asthma and bronchitis, as a result of their continual exposure to dirty indoor air. It is critical to maintain our houses adequately ventilated and pollutant-free in order to safeguard our pets. Pollutants such as dust mites, dander, and hair lie dormant in carpets and upholstery for extended periods of time without causing any harm, but can cause serious respiratory problems for pets that wake them up by licking them or by breathing in the particles.
Pets can also be affected by toxic substances in our food. Certain chemicals found in pesticides and other agricultural products can damage organs over time if they are eaten in large amounts or at frequent intervals. These same chemicals can be harmful if pet dogs eat them directly off the street or out of someone's yard without being washed first. Pesticides contain toxins that can be dangerous to humans as well as animals, so make sure your dog does not eat anything he or she finds on the ground.
In conclusion, animals can become sick or even die due to pollution. It is important to keep pollutants out of the air we breathe and the food we eat, so pets can enjoy healthy lives everywhere they go.