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No Smoking Day - Wed 13th March
Here at Riverside Vet Clinic we’ve been working with NHS Forth Valley on their campaign for No Smoking Day.


No Smoking Day

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Do you know that passive smoking has an effect on our pet’s health too?

Dogs that are exposed to tobacco smoke are much more likely to suffer with nose and lung cancers than dogs not exposed to smoke. It is nose cancer in long nose breeds with more contact area in their noses, and lung cancer in short nosed breeds who have less contact time and area in the nose. It goes straight down into the lungs.
Cats living in a smoker’s home are more than twice as likely to develop feline malignant lymphoma (a form of cancer) and die within a year of diagnosis. Also there is a higher incidence of a mouth cancer call squamous cell carcinoma in cats, as grooming increases their exposure to the damaging chemicals that have settled on their fur.

Smaller pets and birds can also be affected as they are very sensitive to the effects of smoke. Exposure to tobacco smoke has also been linked to eye, skin problems and also lung conditions other than cancer.

Why are pets more susceptible to passive smoking?
The main issue for pets is that cigarette smoke falls, so animals (and children) will breathe in more smoke as they are closer to the ground than adults. Smoke can also settle on fur, and as pets groom themselves they ingest the smoke toxins, meaning they can be exposed to higher levels of the harmful chemicals than humans.

Small pets and birds have a higher metabolic rate, a higher oxygen requirement, they are susceptible to respiratory problems and smoke will make the battle even harder for them.

Animals sometimes accidentally eat cigarettes that are left in the home, or remnants in ashtrays or drink the water when butts are extinguished in water containers. This can cause poisoning and in certain cases can be fatal. Our pets are left in the contaminated environment for longer than the humans who get to go to work or out in the fresh air for part of the day.

What can you do to minimise the risks?
Perhaps this information will give some people another good reason to give up smoking all together improving human and animal health. If not, smoke outside.

Pet ownership conveys many health benefits to us humans. Could we do one thing for their health and not expose our pets to second smoke?

13th March 2012 is No Smoking Day. There is a lot of information out there. If you’re not the smoker could you pass on the information to someone who is? Any day will do not just the 13th. Maybe their pets’ health is more of an incentive to change than all the information they have had before.

Here at Riverside Veterinary Clinic we not only want pets to be healthy for as long as possible but we want our two legged friends to be healthy too.