Passive smoking can kill your dog

by Vivien Richardson on October 10, 2009

dogsmokingMany times we read or hear about passive smoking contributing to a family member who has been diagnosed with cancer.

Our beloved dogs and other pets are in living the same home environment as smokers and they too are in danger. Pets can be diagnosed with cancer due to them inhaling the stale vapours from cigarettes.

If more than one family member smokes the greater the risk your dog will be diagnosed with cancer.

Cigarette fumes have a bad affect on a pet dog’s eyes and nose. A dog’s eyes will look and feel sore after cigarette smoke as it affects their blood vessels.

Canine noses are sensitive to scents and any breed of dog with a long nose is more likely to be at risk from cancer. One breed of dog which is susceptible is the greyhound.

Toxic fumes can produce a cold which may bring about a life threatening condition to your dog. One area to watch out for is your pet repeatedly coughing and spluttering.

Smoke will irritate your dog’s oesophagus quicker as it is much shorter than an adult therefore causing a quicker allergic reaction.

If you are a smoker it may be time to reflect on the effect on your dog’s health, quit smoking and book him in with a local vet to have a medical.


  1. i love dogs and cats

    Comment by tori — November 28, 2009 @ 2:06 am

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  3. Hello,

    Before you post a piece like this you might do your homework to determine whether what you are writing is provable by scientific determination or is just scaremongering. There is no proof at all for what you have claimed, and it does readers a disservice to assert outlandish claims while providing no proof for them.

    I am not a smoker, but I am an animal- and people-lover who is tired of people blindly following what they hear without investigating the facts for themselves. The studies on humans show, clearly, that not a single case of cancer of any kind has ever been caused by SECONDHAND smoke. If you can show me the studies that prove dogs can die from secondhand smoke, I will stand corrected.

    Comment by puppyfur — January 5, 2010 @ 9:01 pm

  4. I wish everyone would consider their precious pets before they continue, or take up smoking. Even saying “I smoke outside”…The fumes on their clothes are very noticeable to a human, what do you suppose a dog thinks, or when they get in a car???? Sometimes I don’t even want to ride with people who smoke, eventho they say “I blow the smoke out the window”…why does their car smell so bad??? Poor Dogs :(

    Comment by Sandra — January 5, 2010 @ 9:46 pm

  5. With regards to what puppyfur said above, how much proof do you need? Inhaling smoke isn’t good for anyone surely?

    There was a study in the American Journal of Epidemiology that showed dogs in smoking households had a 60 percent higher chance of lung cancer and another study showed long-nosed dogs like collies or greyhounds were twice as much at risk of developing nasal cancer if they lived with smokers.

    The article only says it can contribute to – show me a vet that says it cannot contribute. As an animal lover, surely you can’t say that an article raising awareness is a bad thing? ‘Scaremongering’ is what raises awareness of all sorts of issues and is usually what leads to proper research and study in the first place.

    Comment by Sally — January 6, 2010 @ 7:15 pm

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