Second hand smoke harming your pets

Smoke doubles a cat's chance of developing cancer

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Just like humans, your pets can suffer from second hand smoke and develop a number of conditions.

According to Tufts University’s School of Veterinary Medicine, second hand smoke can cause lung and nasal cancer in dogs, malignant lymphoma in cats, and respiratory problems in both animals. Lymphoma is a leading cause of feline death, and smoke exposure doubles a cat’s chance of developing cancer.

One Springfield resident told 22News she’s upset smokers put their pets at risk.

“I feel bad for the pets. I mean, I’m glad that they have a home and that they’re not homeless, but it would be nice if they could live a long healthy life wherever they are living,” said Katie Freeman.

For those who smoke electronic cigarettes, the greatest danger is animals going through the trash and finding nicotine cartridges.

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