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Secondhand Smoke Creates Dangers for Pets

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Children aren't the only victims of the dangers of secondhand smoke. Local experts say second hand smoke could be worse for your pets’ health than for your kids.

Smokers who smoke indoors and around their pets expose them to cancer causing chemicals. Those chemicals make pets one-and-a-half times more likely to get cancer than pets who do not have cigarette smoke exposure. Since indoor pets don't spend a lot of time outside of the home, the toxins affect animals even more than children.

“People and children will leave the house and they'll get away from the second hand smoke, whereas pets that are strictly indoors will be exposed to it constantly. It's not just the smoke, it's also the particulate matter that will settle on the air and get on their fur or get on the carpet that they're exposed to as well.” says Dr. Ron Thunshelle a veterinarian at Pinkerton Animal Hospital in Minot.

Dr. Thunshelle advises smokers who have pets to smoke outside of their homes and away from their animals.


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