Secondhand Smoke Harmful to Pets


POSTED: Wednesday, January 5, 2011 - 4:32pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, January 5, 2011 - 6:56pm

Pets are getting cancer from cigarette smoke.

While the pets aren't taking the puffs, their owners' habits are damaging their health.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 50 chemicals in secondhand smoke can cause cancer in people or in animals.

A local vet, Dr. Roger Freund, says many people aren't aware that smoke can kill dogs and cats too.

"If you're smoking that's potentially hazardous to every living thing around you. So, you just have to take that in mind if you're going to be smoking around pets," Freund said.

Dr. Freund says even though the smoke is harmful, owners need to remember that just one to four cigarettes chewed up by your pup could kill them.

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