How does tobacco smoke affect a dog? Passive smoker

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We are all aware of the many campaigns on the health of those who smoke, reporting the dangers and the amount of toxins in tobacco smoke. But nevertheless, no one alerts us about how harmful it is also for our dog.

Tobacco smoke affects both the person who smokes and the people and animals around him, considering these passive smokers. So, if we smoke or enter smoky places, our dog will become a passive smoker.

The dangers passive smokers face are as many as those of the smoker himself. That is why from Dogsis we want to inform you about how harmful it is for a dog to breathe the smoke of a cigarette.

Index of contents

  • 1 Dogs turned into passive smokers
  • 2 Diseases that passive smokers suffer
  • 3 How to avoid exposing my dog ​​to the dangers of tobacco smoke

Dogs turned into passive smokers

Smoking not only hurts those who smoke but those around them, so that if we smoke at home, the smoke will remain in the air and will be breathed by our dog and family.

The incredibly developed sense of smell of dogs makes them their perception of smoke is up to a hundred times higher than ours, imagine the disgust it must give them. The smell of tobacco is one of the smells that dogs hate.

Tobacco smoke contains high doses of carbon monoxide, polynuclear hydrocarbons, and an incredible amount of carcinogenic toxins such as naphthalene, benzene, or toluene, among many others.

So if our dog breathes the same air from a room where he is smoking or has smoked, you will also be breathing all this great amount of substances harmful to your health.

This is what is known as a passive smoker, someone who does not smoke but who exposes himself to the dangers of tobacco by breathing in its polluted air. Be smart and respectful, please don’t make your dog a passive smoker.

dog in front of ashtray

Diseases that passive smokers suffer

There is a wide variety of diseases directly related to tobacco smoke, or rather, caused by contact with or breathing tobacco smoke.

  • Conjunctivitis produced by the contact of the smoke in the eyes, which creates a constant irritation that can lead to eye infection. Tobacco smoke is tremendously harmful to the eyes.
  • Irritation of the respiratory system causing derived diseases such as bronchitis, pharyngitis, and even some of the many types of cancer that occur in dogs. Including the best known, lung cancer.
  • Heart problems, such as arrhythmias or heart failure. Always associated with tobacco smoke, breathing as a passive smoker.

And an endless number of diseases that we could be discussing for more than a hundred paragraphs, all of them directly related to tobacco. Yes, we already know that your dog does not smoke, but a passive smoker also suffers from these diseases.

How to avoid exposing my dog ​​to the dangers of tobacco smoke

In a very simple and healthy way, quit smoking. Tobacco will slowly kill you, and think about it for a moment. Is smoking really good? Do you get any good flavor like fruit or candy? Or is it just vice?

To protect a dog from the dangers of tobacco smoke, we must prevent it from becoming a passive smoker. To do this, simply follow the instructions below:

  • Do not leave your dog in a room where it is being smoked or smoked. Always avoid breathing tobacco smoke.
  • Do not smoke in the car if your dog is with you, even if you open the windows. There is always some smoke left inside.
  • If you are the smoker, acquire a good habit and always smoke outside the house (on the terrace, window, etc …). Don’t let the stinky smoke from working inside your home.
  • Never, under any circumstances, let someone who is smoking smoke your dog.

And well, all the common sense you can use will be necessary. Although the most effective is simply not smoking.